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2009 K Vintners Merlot Stoneridge Vineyard Washington State
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

(100% merlot; aged for 27 months in barrel, 50% new):  Good medium red.  Superripe aromas of plum, redcurrant, coffee, mocha, licorice and menthol.  Intensely flavored and deep, with good energy giving the wine's currant and cocoa powder flavors lovely inner-mouth aromatic character.  Offers surprising definition and finishes with terrific verve and lift.  The crop level was less than two tons per acre, according to Charles Smith, who limited production to one cluster per shoot and fermented entirely with whole berries.  Lots going on here:  really interesting Washington State merlot.

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

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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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