2005 Forgeron Cellars Merlot

Hello friends. I hope everyone in the Seattle area got home safe and sound last night and is enjoying the snow day today, far away from the slick roads. After the 4-hour commute from Full Pull to North Seattle yesterday afternoon (I’m guessing many of you can top 4 hours), I think staying home today sounds just right.

While I was tracking down Forgeron’s late-harvest Semillon for yesterday’s offering, I also had a chance to sample Marie-Eve’s current release of Merlot (the 2005 vintage), which has recently seen a price drop.

This has been a great month for those of us looking to drink wines with a little age; today’s offering represents the fourth wine from the 2005 vintage we have offered in November (following two from Corliss and one from McKinley Springs).

A veritable tour of Washington state, this Merlot comes from four sites in four distinct AVAs: Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, Klipsun on Red Mountain, Alder Ridge in the Horse Heaven Hills, and Ash Hollow in the Walla Walla Valley. It’s a bottle that elegantly brushes away any preconceived notions of Merlot as wimpy or insipid.

Complex, structured, and well along the path to integration, this presents a wonderful example of what Washington can do with Merlot. A core of mint- and mineral-tinged black cherries is framed by integrated-oak notes of espresso and dark chocolate. The purity and clarity are noteworthy here; this is a ringing bell of Merlot.

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “($27); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 91pts.”

First come first served up to 12 bottles, and we should have the wine in the warehouse in about a week, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping.

This will be the last you will hear from me for the rest of the week, as it’s near-impossible to type offerings when my fingers are covered in turkey gravy. Here’s to loads of delicious food and wine with good friends and family!

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