Milbrandt Traditions Merlot 2009
Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
Traditions Merlot is a deep garnet red featuring aromas of ripe fruit with rich notes of vanilla, mocha and caramel. The flavors are ripe and generous with berries, cocoa and vanilla. The wine is very approachable and polished with velvety tannins.
Blend: 76% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
Wine Spectator - "Fresh and vital, playing out its blackberry and floral flavors on an open-weave bed of refined tannins. Adds floral and peach notes as the finish lingers easily."
Butch and Jerry Milbrandt planted their first vineyard in 1997. In the ensuing decade, Milbrandt Vineyards earned a reputation for growing some of Washington State's finest grapes. These grapes have found their way into many of Washington's most sought-after wines and the Milbrandt name and vineyards are featured on many prestigious labels.
In 2006, under the talented direction of winemaker Gordon Hill, they began crafting signature wines using selected grapes from their reputable vineyards. Milbrandt's first wines were released in June 2007. The tradition for excellence established in their vineyards is inherent in every bottle of Milbrandt Vineyards wine. View all Milbrandt Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
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Washington State is exploding onto the world’s wine scene. The second largest wine-producing region in the United States, the number of wineries has more than doubled in the past decade to more than 900 today. The great majority of the state’s 50,000+ acres of vineyards are grown on the east side of the Cascade mountains, where they enjoy 300+ days of sunshine a year, well-draining soils and a diurnal shift ideal for wine grapes.
Washington is not defined by a single grape variety, with nearly 70 varieties to explore. Out of these, the top five are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Syrah. Winemakers and grape growers are driven by a pioneering spirit, and aren’t afraid to experiment with new techniques in an ever-growing quest to make world-class wine. With a state-of-the-art research program, near-perfect growing conditions and the possibility for exponential growth – Washington State is proving itself to be a force to be reckoned with.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.3 out of 5 stars
8 ratings, 3 with reviewsEdan Ballantine - New York, NY16/30/2017Linda Cronin - Winthrop, MA31/24/2017Anonymous - Dover, AR31/15/2017Anonymous - South Bound Brook, NJ48/20/2016Alexander Bernstein - Hopkins, MN36/28/2013
GCG - La Jolla, CA33/24/2013Bit dry but good wineBJHughes - Ambler, PA23/20/201333/16/2013
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Great value for the money. Good drinking wine for everyday.TylerTX - Tyler, TX43/7/2013A wonderful Merlot. Full body, dense fruit and very rich, violet color...like you'd expect from a WA merlot. Ready to drink now, not sure the wine gets much better with age.
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