Tamarack Cellars Merlot 2003

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

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Item No. 86172
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • WS88

Winemaker's Notes

The vintage was exceptional with a fairly cool summer and then a glorious Indian summer in September, October and November. These conditions led to both a longer than usual hang time and very ripe fruit. Because the fruit ripened so late in the season, the nighttime temperatures were quite low which contributed to high natural acidity at very high sugar levels. It was truly a winemakers dream. Color was very dark from the start and has held nicely. The flavors are deep, complex and very ripe without being cloying or flabby. Because of the fruits combined brightness from natural acidity and dark brooding aromas due to a high degree of ripeness, the overall impression is one of balance and power. Fermented in small (1.5 ton) open top containers, punched down by hand, pressed directly to barrel, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Learn About Tamarack Cellars Map ItMap It

Founded in 1998 by Ron and Jamie Coleman, Tamarack Cellars is dedicated to the production of small lot, hand-crafted wines from select vineyards in the Walla Walla, Yakima, and Columbia Valley appellations. The winery is located in a restored WW II fire station and barracks at the Walla Walla Airport.

Learn About Columbia Valley

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...

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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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