2008 Abeja Merlot
Full ruby-red. Currant, maraschino cherry, mocha, smoked meat and oak on the nose, plus a suggestion of graphite. Supple, suave and quite dry; in a distinctly restrained style, with meat and musky oak elements currently dominating primary fruit. I wanted a bit more clarity of flavor. 88 points
By Stephen Tanzer
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 10
--International Wine Cellar
This 100% Merlot is sourced from Sagemoor Farms' Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards. For the first time, there is no Cabernet Franc in the blend. Richly fruity, with loads of cherry, raspberry compote and black currant flavors, this melds in grace notes of chocolate and caramel, seamlessly. Thick and flat-out luscious, yet structured with a tannic spine that gives definition and focus all the way through. Editor's Choice. - P.G.
Best of Year Issue 2010
The 2008 Merlot was sourced from Sagemoor’s Bacchus and Dionysus vineyards and was aged in 60% new French oak for 18 months. It displays notes of spice box, incense, cedar, cassis, and blackberry leading to a spicy, savory, medium-bodied wine that is slightly shallow on the mid-palate.
by Jay Miller, Issue #196, August 2011
--The Wine Advocate
This classic varietal is perfectly suited for special growing areas of Washington State, and while it blends beautifully with Cabernet Sauvignon, it has the quality and character to stand firmly on its own. It is a pure, lush, classic Merlot with a special intensity that comes with Washington State fruit.
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