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Great Big Washington Merlot – 90 points and 45% off

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Mar - 21 - 2012

Milbrandt Estate Merlot 2006

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We’ve searched high and low and found a fantastic wine deal!  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave this wine 90 points, and right now we can offer it for 45% off it’s retail price!  This Washington wine also won a silver medal in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which is a blind tasting including tons of wines.  High quality wine at a fantastic price, that’s what we’re all about at Enoteca.

Milbrandt Estate Merlot 2006The wine is Milbrandt Estates Merlot 2006.  It was released at a $26 price point, but right now we can offer it for under $15 to club members (under $16 if you’re not a member).

Red WineMilbrandt Estates Merlot 2006
(Wahluke Slope, Washington)

Smooth, sophisticated, plump and juicy, our 2006 Estates Merlot delivers cassis, boysenberry, blueberry, chocolate and smoky oak. It is well structured with mouthfilling richness, ripe fruit flavors and rounded tannins.

Decanting: Recommended to decant at least 1/2 hour before really digging in.

Pair with: Red meats, red pasta sauces, grilled foods.

77% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot

ETA: 1 week out.

[Member: $14.39 / Retail: $15.99 / Member Case Each: $13.59] – Click here to order.

Milbrandt Vineyards

Here’s what Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate said:

The 2006 Merlot The Estates is a substantial wine with an excellent bouquet of toast, cinnamon, allspice, violets, cassis, and black cherry. Ripe and round on the palate, it has ample savory, layered fruit, plenty of spice, and excellent balance. It will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2018.” – 90 points – Jay Miller – Wine Advocate

The Connoisseur’s Guide gave it a Best buy rating and said:

The 2006 The Estates Merlot is both rich and refined with the structure to get even better with age.

When it comes to Merlot, we often hear people balk and expect a wine that is unsophisticated and generally weak.  Washington State Merlot, in the hands of a good wine maker, is often bigger, bolder, and brasher than the Cabernet’s coming out of the same area.  Several brands bear witness to this fact with a better built wine coming from the bottle labeled “Merlot” from Pepperbridge, Boudreaux, Long Shadows, and more.  These Merlots from Washington are made to last, as Jay Miller says above, you can expect this Milbrandt Merlot to hold up until 2018!  I recommend this Merlot to the serious wine drinker who is open-minded enough to understand that there is a vast world of difference between a mass-market California slosh Merlot and a well made, high quality boutique Washington Merlot.

Place an order here.  ETA for wine is 1 week.

There are a limited amount of cases available of this wine, so hurry and get your order in ASAP.  We will do our best to fill it, but when the wine is gone, it’s gone!  This wine is not in stock at Enoteca right now, we will be placing our orders based on what you order from us, so if you don’t place an order, don’t expect to get the wine!

More info on the Milbrandt Estates Merlot 2006 from the winery

In 1997, we planted our first vines in the Eastern Washington AVAs of Columbia Valley and Wahluke Slope. At first glance, Eastern Washington is not your typical wine country. It’s a remote, windswept, high desert dotted with sagebrush and tumbleweeds. But our family had been farming here since the mid-1950s and we believed the region’s moderate temperatures, low rainfall and sandy soils were ideal for grapes. To help with the planting and farming, we hired well-respected viticulturist, James McFerran. Eight years later, after selling our fruit to many of Washington’s preeminent wineries, we hired veteran winemaker Gordon Hill to produce wines from the best blocks. Today, we farm 13 distinct estate vineyard sites totaling nearly 1600 acres.

Our 2006 Estates Merlot features fruit from four of our vineyards in the Wahluke Slope AVA of Eastern Washington. Established in 2006, the Wahluke Slope is a subregion within the Columbia Valley appellation. Located midway between Seattle and Spokane it is bordered by the Columbia River to the southwest and Hanford Reach National Monument to the east.

With access to 13 distinct estate vineyard sites, winemaker Gordy Hill has a lot of raw material at his disposal each vintage. For the 2006 Estates Merlot, Gordy blended grapes from our Northridge, Clifton Hill, Sundance and Don Talcott vineyards. To add complexity, weight and structure, he added small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

Place an order here.  ETA for wine is 1 week.

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