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2006 Dunham Cellars Merlot Lewis Vineyard Columbia Valley
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($75) Good full red. Musky, perfumed aromas and flavors of cherry, sweet currant, coffee, tobacco and rose petal. Bright acids intensify this merlot's flavors and give it good mid-palate cut. Finishes persistent, with serious tannins saturating the front teeth and turning a bit dry with aeration.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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