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2009 Januik Winery Merlot Columbia Valley
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About Januik Winery

Head winemaker at Washington powerhouse Chateau Ste. Michelle for ten years, and lifelong wine devotee, Mike Januik got his own gig in 1999...

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2009 Januik Winery Merlot Columbia Valley

Producer: Januik Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: Washington
Region: Columbia Valley

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89 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

Good bright, deep red.  Fresh aromas of black cherry, mocha and flowers.  Sweet, plush and seamless, with ripe acidity giving shape to the red fruit and sandalwood flavors.  Fruity, pliant wine with fine-grained tannins and good length.  This attractive, rich merlot comes from the Weinbau and Ciel du Cheval vineyards.

87 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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