Wapato Point Cellars 2010 Cougar Ridge Reserve Merlot, Lake Chelan, $38

By on October 18, 2014

wapato-point-cellars-reserve-merlot-cougar-ridge-2010-bottleLake Chelan winemaker Jonathan Kludt’s use of French and Hungarian oak over 30 months sets the table for a rather fascinating and robust Merlot that opens with aromas of blackberry, black cherry, plum and dark chocolate with notes of sesame oil and leaf tobacco. The drink carries a bold and hairy-chested structure with delicious tones of blackberry, blueberry and chocolate. At the Winemaker’s Grill — just beyond the thresh of the tasting room — they enjoy serving this with lamb chops or filet mignon.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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