Tamarack Cellars 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley
Item Number: 12082
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 90% Merlot / 8% Cabernet Franc / 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.2
Case Production: 1100
Winemaker Notes: The grapes of this 2015 Merlot was crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked 48 hours minimum, and then inoculated with a variety of yeasts. Wine was then hand-punched and pressed directly to barrel where the wine finished both primary and secondary fermentations, seeing 19 months in oak. The individual lots of wine that comprise the Merlot are kept separate for at least 12 months before they are blended.
Tasting Notes: This Merlot shows notes of baked almond and coconut on the nose followed by savory capers and fennel. The palate is bold and complex, offering smokey notes of prosciutto and kalamata tapenade.
88pts (2016 Vintage) Vinous 12/3/2019
"Aromas of black raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry complemented by sexy American oak notes of mocha and exotic spices. Not fleshy or particularly sweet but supple and juicy, with cherry and dark berry flavors lifted by spicy high tones and a floral element. The freshest of the new releases I tasted from Tamarack Cellars, this wine finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins and lingering perfume. (aged in 55% new oak, 70% American and 30% French)"