Quilceda Creek 2002 Merlot (Washington)

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Thick, dark and chewy, this is as good as Merlot gets. The source vineyard is Champoux, and it has also contributed a smattering of Cab Franc to the blend, which also includes 22% Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a ripe, chewy wine, loaded with blueberry, blackberry, citrus and dried herb. Though front-loaded with big, jammy fruit, it continues to develop more subtle and complex strains of herb, tar and black tea as it unwinds. It has the authority, the density and the impact of Cabernet. Paul Gregutt

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