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2008 Long Shadows Vintners Collection Merlot Pedestal Columbia Valley
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

(blended with 12% cabernet sauvignon, 4% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot):  Good bright red-ruby.  Sexy burnished redcurrant, minerals and flowers on the nose, complicated by chocolate and graphite.  Lush, ripe and broad, with layered flavors of cassis, black cherry and licorice.  Large-scaled, dense and airy, and not at all overly sweet.  Finishes very long, with broad, dusty tannins and excellent structure.  This really echoes on the aftertaste.  A very successful and sophisticated Washington merlot made under the direction of Michel Rolland.  Perhaps the best vintage to date for this bottling.

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

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Smooth and full flavored
by Vipperman14101995
I was given this wine as a gift and I absolutely love it! It is so worth it.


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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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