Value Alert: 2007 Waterbrook Reserve Merlot

Monday, October 11, 2010

Washington wines have a good reputation in my book, but my experience is admittedly limited.  From a quality-price-ratio perspective, Washington crushes Napa.  However, the selection available here in Massachusetts is sparse.

The 2007 Waterbrook Reserve Merlot is one I've had my eye out for since Wine Spectator gave it a Smart Buy designation and a 92 point rating.  They said:

Ripe, pure, focused and beguiling for its balance, offering blueberry, raspberry and plum fruit at the core, layered with hints of red pepper, clove and peach fuzz as the finish extends extraordinarily well. Drink now through 2017. 3,030 cases made. –HS

With a release price of $22, it's an attractive QPR wine on paper.  I picked up a single bottle of this at VinoDivino over the weekend.  Here are my notes: 

2007 Waterbrook Reserve Merlot
14.5% Alcohol
3,031 Cases produced
$22 Release price

Aromatically vibrant immediately upon opening.  22 months of aging in 32% new oak imparts caramel aromas on top of warm black cherry preserves.  The initial attack on the palate is straight fruit, but spice quickly dominates.  Keep it in your mouth a while and nice acidity is revealed.  Medium length of finish.  Nice stuff.  Pair it with beef stew on a chilly autumn evening.

90/100 WWP: Outstanding

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