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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 15.2%
Item no. 109338
Our Foreshadow Merlot showcases our best Merlot vineyards in the Columbia Valley and Red Mountain appellations. If color is any indication of a wine's concentration, this wine is as hedonistic as a Merlot you will find. The wine shows dark, sweet aromas of plums, blueberries and boysenberries wrapped in sandalwood, wet stone and resin. The wine enters the palate sweet, shows considerable weight on the mid palate and stays on course showing a variety of fruits from the dark skinned fruit family, fruits like blackberry, blueberry, and black currants. These fruits are accented by flavors of roasted meats, baking spices and hints of graphite and slate. Given the nature of this wine's concentrated dark fruit core, I would recommend cellaring before consumption. Optimal cellaring for this merlot is in the 5 – 8 year range however it will certainly age longer with proper care.
In this cooler vintage, winemaker John Bookwalter has introduced Syrah into his Merlot blend, along with smaller portions of Bordeaux varietals. A complex, satiny wine, spiced with herb and eucalyptus highlights, lush black fruits, and toasty espresso in the finish.