Wine review: Milbrandt 2007 Traditions Merlot Columbia Valley

milbrandt merlot 07Gawd… this is yet another fabulous example of delicious Washington State Merlot. Butch and Jerry Milbrandt came from a long line of families who “worked the land” and they planted grapevines in 1997. But it wasn’t until 2007 that they launched a brand with their name on it. And what beautiful Merlot they made in their first attempt. This vintage sports rich, ripe cherries, plum, blueberries and milk chocolate. Plush, easy-to-drink tannins and the acidity is well integrated. So much wine for the money, it’s a rare bargain. Blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petite Sirah.

Sweetness: 2 out of 10
Rating:
4.5 stars
Price
: $14-$16
Occasion: Tasted at a professional “trade” wine tasting
Food pairing: Duck breast in a cherry or blueberry sauce
Availability: Mostly on restaurant wine lists

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2 Comments

  1. Love that Milbrandt juice Is there any 07 left?? Thanks and do you think the 08 and 09 are about equal in taste Thanks Kevin

     
  2. Hi Kevin – doubtful there’s any of the 07 left but the winery might part with some if they still have some. I would suggest giving them a call.
    Subsequent vintage were not as stellar as the 2007 but at the $14 price point, you can’t ask for too much.

    Cheers!
    Taylor

     

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