Gawd… 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
Occasion: Tasted at a professional “trade” wine tasting
Food pairing: Duck breast in a cherry or blueberry sauce
Availability: Mostly on restaurant wine lists