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2005 Milbrandt Traditions Merlot

I reviewed Milbrandt Vineyards‘ Riesling last month and wasn’t too impressed so I decided to give its 2005 Merlot a go to see if perhaps they can make red wine better than white. Butch Milbrandt and company sell tons of excellent fruit to some of Washington State’s top wineries so logic would have one believe their wines should be good as well, no?

Technical Notes:

  • Composition: Merlot (84%), Cabernet Sauvignon (12%), Barbera (4%)
  • Vineyards: Clifton, Clifton Hills, Sundance, Winebeau Vineyards
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • TA: 0.59
  • pH: 3.67
  • Price: $17

Nose: Leather-bound blackberries laced with white and black pepper. Slight hints of greeness smell old-world. I pick up some fire-roasted green pepper and some shoe polish.

Taste: Jammy blackberry spice with hints of black cherries and currants, really hot starting on the mid-palate and completely falls apart on the back-end.

Overall Summary:
For $17 this wine completely loses it for me – it’s clearly not worth the price as there are far superior wines (some of which I’ve reviewed) that absolutley knock this Merlot out of the park and beat it down like a thug in a back alley with a baseball bat. If you’re in the market for a good merlot, check out the H3 from Columbia-Crest or a good blend like the Fidelitas m100.

W.E.P. Scale Rating: 50%