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Waterbrook - Merlot Reserve
Shows plenty of Washington State Merlot character - juicy, succulent, ripe and balanced. A great pairing with grilled bison burgers or game. Will buy again.
Walt - Pinot Noir La Brisa
Stick your nose into the glass and this proudly proclaims, "I am a cool-climate Pinot Noir." It shows the classic Pinot Noir notes of mushroom and what I describe as "autumn leaves after the rain." It's light on the palate, silky-smooth and offers deep, generous raspberry and cranberry fruit followed seamlessly by refreshing, palate-cleansing acidity, making it a great food wine. The finish is quite long, and overall the wine is well structured. This would be a great pairing with grilled salmon, any grilled teriyaki dish (which would really make its flavors pop) and even traditional Burgundian cuisine, like Coq au vin. Drink 2015-2022.
Delas Freres - Crozes Hermitage Domaine Les Grands Chemins
Dry and one-dimensional; bass notes are dominant. Shows meat, blood and beetroot and is ultimately not interesting. I doubt it will improve with additional bottle age.
Langlade - Medoc
Fairly expressive of its terroir and balanced. Try again in 2017.
Zaca Mesa - Viognier
A little on the leaner side, but stony and quite expressive of its terroir. It would appear the winemaker dialed back the fruit/sugar to let the other flavor compounds come forward. This is very food-friendly and a nice match with roast chicken or a variety of seafoods. Will definitely buy again.