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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.