Lowden Hills 2003 Merlin Winemaker's Reserve Red (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

The cluttered label, featuring a dog, seems out of character with the reserve designation and hefty price. It's a Cabernet with small amounts of Merlot, Franc and Syrah; and it has spent more time in oak than the winery's other Cabs. Hence, more extract, more tannin, more chocolaty flavor, all of which pushes it into an overdone, somewhat rough and scrapey style. Paul Gregutt

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