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2007 Basel Cellars Merlot – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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Even though Merlot may have gone out of vogue with some wine drinkers, it’s still very much at the forefront of many of us who have not lost our love for this illustrious grape. Justin Basel produced this Merlot and has a lot of reasons to be proud of it.

Technical Data:

  • Appellation: Walla Walla
  • Vineyards: Pheasant Run
  • Alcohol Content: 14.5%
  • Case Production: 597
  • Released: Nov 2010
  • Price: $28

Nose: Nice notes of pencil-lead-lined blackberry pie filling, medicine cabinet, black cherries, black plums and boysenberry. I also get a backdrop of smells that include

Taste: Stellar combination of blackfruits that have been a bit “colafied” – toss in some black peppercorns, a nice mouthfeel and you have the makings for one of the better merlot’s I’ve had recently. A very good effott, the likes of which could compete against the Long Shadows Pedestal Merlot.

W.E.P. Rating: 120%