92pointsTulpen 2009 Merlot (Columbia Valley (WA))

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Among a strong lineup of 2009 reds from Tulpen, this Merlot is the standout. It's really a Bordeaux-style blend, with Merlot taking up three quarters, and the rest split among Cabernet, Cab Franc and Malbec. Stiff and herbal upon opening, it opens to reveal a firm scaffolding of flavors, with muscular cassis and black cherry going deep into the finish. Tannins are ripe, and carry an herbal edge. Paul Gregutt

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