By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.waterbrook.com/
As one of Walla Walla’s oldest wineries, Waterbrook has been laser-focused in on value for a long time now and this 2010 Merlot is no exception. It offers a good deal of complexity, finish and finesse.
- Varietal blend: 100% Merlot
- Appellation: Columbia Valley
- pH: 3.61
- TA: 0.62
- RS: None
- Alcohol: 14.31%
- Vineyards: Canyon Ranch, Canoe Ridge Vineyards, Oasis
- Oak: 21% New American Oak, balance to 2-5 year old mixed oak
- Fining: None
- Aging: 18 months
- Price: $12
On the nose: Black currant, blackberry, peppercorn, shoe leather, tobacco, black currant and a hint of tar.
On the palate: A beautiful combination of black fruit that has stellar acidity and tannin – a very food-friendly wine that plays well with roasted lamb, pizza and even pepper-crusted steaks.
W.E.P. Rating: 100%