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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The 2005 vintage provided Basel with the perfect growing conditions to make this outstanding bottle of wine - their very first Estate bottling of Merlot.
Aged in 100% new French and American Oak for 19 months, it is dark red, saturated to the rim and has an exotic spice and Cedar nose with hints of Vanilla and dark fruits. This wine is massive in structure and the ripe tannins and acids are balanced beautifully by the purity of fruit and extraordinary richness. It should cellar for at least a decade if not more.
Basel Cellars Estate Winery is in the heart of Washington's Walla Walla Valley which was named by Sunset Magazine as The 2005 Wine Destination of the Year. Basel Cellars produces 6500 cases per year, with a focus on Bordeaux-style blends, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Basel Cellars Estate Winery is the perfect place to stage every celebration of life, reunions with family and...Read More About Basel Cellars
So nice, they say it twice...
Sharing part of the valley with Oregon, Walla Walla is on the southeast side of the Columbia Valley. It is primarily red grape land, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading in the vineyards, followed by Merlot and the ever-growing and very popular, Syrah.
In the 1990's, as Washington State was gaining more acclaim for its red wines, Walla Walla was...Read More About Walla Walla Valley
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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