BridgePress Cellars 2011 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $25

By on February 1, 2016

bridgepress-cellars-2011-merlot-2011-bottleSpokane Cork District winemaker Brian Padrta continues his successful relationship with Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyards in this well-structured Merlot that spent 20 months in 65% new French oak. Charming aromas of cherry fruit leather, dusty blueberry, vanilla, smoked vanilla bean and licorice lead to cassis and blackberry flavors. Chocolate-covered blueberries and cherry pie filling help describe the pleasing interplay of tannin and acidity. Its finish of licorice and cola makes for an ideal pairing with flank steak or a New York strip.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 120 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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