This is Crater Lake Cellars Premier Merlot, made from the darkest and best fruit in the vintage if its made for that year. Not your typical Merlot, it is dark and inky with a nose approaching that of a dessert wine. Deep dark fruit nose, mint, and vanilla it lingers in your nostrils very memorable and perhaps a defining feature of this vintage. The body on the palate is very full, a sweet and full fruit of cherry. Holding an swirling the wine produces a numbing tannin long, and lasting. Rare in a varietal known for supple tannins this acidic full bodied tannin finish is wonderful. Nice by itself but a good match with cheese, and heavier food. It is a Merlot that may age well for you but hard to hold onto once you have tasted it.
Cost: $ 22
Wine Type: Merlot, Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley
Posted By: Ted Weldon @ 7:42:02 PM