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2008 Watermill Walla Walla Merlot – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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Watermill Winery, located in Milton-Freewater Oregon, continues to churn out wines that represent a good value and this bottle of Merlot is no exception.

Technical Data:

  • Varietals: 100% Merlot
  • Vineyards: Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills West, and McClellan Estate
  • Oak: 50% new American oak and 50% neutral American oak
  • Alcohol %: 14.7
  • Production: 114 cases
  • Release Date: April 8, 2011
  • Price: $24

Nose: Black currant, blackberry compote, spice, pepper and leather all abound in spades on the nose of this lovely merlot.

Taste:  This is an ultra silky-smooth Merlot that has the ability to really showcase what a sexy varietal Merlot really is. Tons of dark fruit, black pepper, spice, leather and black currant. It’s dark, fruity, with a mouthfeel to die for – and none of it gets lost because it has just enough acid to pull it off. This is a Merlot that should be selling for far more than its asking price and one I’d snatch up in a heartbeat before the Brown family reads this review.

W.E.P. Rating: 150%

  • Dusty

    Ha, snatch it up indeed. I was actually planning on buying a couple bottles this weekend. I had this for the first time last week!