Kestrel Vintners Merlot 2002

Merlot from Yakima Valley, Washington

$20.99
Item No. 83905
  • red wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • WS90

Winemaker's Notes

Our Merlot is a deeply colored wine possessing substantial ripe-raspberry, black cherry and sweet vanilla flavors and aromas. A generous dollop of barrel toast and fresh violets finishes the job nicely. The structure and tannins are very Cabernet Sauvignon-like which leads one to believe this wine shall evolve slowly and age quite well.

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Learn About Yakima Valley

Washington's first appellation, Yakima Valley has over one third of the state's vineyards. The rolling foothills of the Cascades give the vines a good sun angle, so grapes are well-ripened come harvest time. Merlot dominates the plantings here, creating elegant wines with complex fruit, herbs & structure. Syrah continues to grow in popularity, creating blanced wines with...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) 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...

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