Washington County, Oregon

L'Ecole No. 41

Frenchtown Red Blend 2019

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black currants, oak, spices, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, light alcohol, blueberries, light earth, pencil lead, coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a young red blend from Columbia Valley. Fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel.

A good everyday wine to sip on by the porch. Easy drinking, tangy and interesting.

Good now, and will be better in a couple of years. Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 45% Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah and Grenache. Aged for 9 months in neutral oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 5 days ago

Tom, Rob and 21 others liked this

Corliss Estates

Corliss Columbia Valley Red Blend 2013

Good. Dense. Giving a bit of fruit. Still fairly tight. Think it needs some air. Overall - really smooth and good tannins. — 3 days ago

Stanley, Alex and 4 others liked this

Browne Family Vineyards

Heritage Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Nice velvety marriage of black and dark red fruit. Balanced acid and tannin makes for a grippy, airy, cherry finish. — 13 days ago

Alex, Iwan and 5 others liked this

B. Leighton

Gratitude Olsen Brothers Vineyard Red Blend 2017

Rob N

I enjoyed drinking this wine, which was 70% mouvedre, 25% grenache, and 5% syrah. The mouvedre was a little herbal/medicinal at first, but mellowed into something smoother with some air. — 7 days ago

Ray, Jamie and 8 others liked this

Gramercy Cellars

Columbia Valley Syrah 2015

Color of many shades of purple, with gray hue on the rim. Nice legs. Nose of wet mushroom, violet, strawberry, savory spice, raspberry, strength of alcohol, and a bit leather. Nose is fragrant. Taste follows the nose, silky and warm, lot of raspberry, a bit peppery, flowering note, and slightly sweet. Taste is clean, in harmony, and well balanced. Aftertaste is medium long and savory. A beauty. — 4 days ago

Bob, David and 4 others liked this

Rasa Vineyards

Founder's Reserve Columbia Valley Red Blend 2019

The third and latest release of the Founder’s Reserve follows the tradition of the previous versions; a Bordeaux blend of sorts with a dollop of Syrah. Popped and poured; consumed over four days. The wine came across disjointed on Day 1 & 2. By day 3 it started to turn into something more interesting and Day 4 was best. Mostly blue and black fruits with dark cherries and figs, pipe tobacco, minerals, baking spices, a small touch of vanilla. Medium tannin. Medium plus acid. Finish is satisfying. A touch of heat on the finish but just. These need a few years to show their best. — 12 days ago

Eric, Josh and 4 others liked this

Cayuse Vineyards

En Cerise Vineyard Syrah 2013

1/2 hour decant (some cloudy sediment). A remarkable purplish ruby red color. On the nose: bursting from the glass are notes of dark cherry, iron, smoked meat, that Cayuse funk(luv it), eucalyptus, and floral. Taste: juicy, smooth..drinking beautifully...with cherry, pepper, orange peel, green olives, iron, and a minerally bacon long finish. Kaboom! — 10 days ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
with Brenda
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Dunham Cellars

XIV Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Blind tasting. I was very confused it had a lot of the sweeter warmer herbal flavors like marjoram and thyme yet it had still this cool dark currant, cassis body with just the softest, gentle tannins. What could it be. I didn’t guess it but Tammy revealed she had picked a 2012 100% Cab from Dunham. Just amazing, tasting the magic of Eric. It was awesome. — 2 days ago

Tammy de Weerd
with Tammy
Jan, Ira and 1 other liked this

L'Ecole No. 41

Columbia Valley Merlot 2017

Dark red purple with near black core. Inviting nose of black plum and graphite. Full-bodied palate confirms the nose with moderately firm tannins and medium plus acidity. Lingering dark graphite finish. This is what a “stinkin’ Merlot” should be like. Big, plush, and dark fruity. The almost Bordeaux-like mineral note adds to its capacity as a classic accompaniment to light cuts of beef, medium cheeses, or everyday casseroles. I’m enjoying with beef stroganoff. Drink now through 2025. — 14 days ago

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Daniel Bloom

Daniel Bloom

Merlot got a bad rap. Sometimes deservedly. Tell the naysayers to watch Sideways. They might get it. Then again.
Byron C Mayes

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@Daniel Bloom - No one should watch Sideways for anything other than entertainment value. It is a nice enough movie, but a poor commentary on wine.

Long Shadows Vintners

Sequel Columbia Valley Syrah 2010

A decade seems to be the sweet spot for Sequel. Great Duval project at Long Shadows. — 11 days ago

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