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Quick Note: Independent Producers Merlot, 2007, Columbia Valley

March 12, 2009

I had a good feeling before opening this small-production single-vineyard Merlot with a cool label (anti 100point scale, etc) – but was ultimately let down by the juice. Bell-pepper, plums and dirty-garage (not earthy in a good way) aromas dominated the nose. Clear oak influence. Disintegrated right now – maybe it needs time – but it wasn’t showing me the hallmarks of a well-structured wine in terms of tannins, acidity and alcoholic balance. Spirity finish. Pass.

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