Full Review

Milbrandt Vineyards

Milbrandt Vineyards
2017 The Estates, Merlot, Wahluke Slope

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
Cellar Selection

Milbrandt Vineyards
2017 The Estates, Merlot, Wahluke Slope

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baking spices, banana-coconut cream pie, leather, flamed orange, vanilla custard, and anise with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish with suggestions of ganache with moderate oak flavor. A chewy and decadent, well-structured Merlot for sipping or to accompany a fine meal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: baking spices, banana-coconut cream pie, leather, flamed orange, vanilla custard, and anise
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of ganache
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A chewy and decadent, well structured merlot for sipping or a fine meal.

The Producer

Milbrandt Vineyards

The Producer
508 Cabernet Ct
Prosser, WA 99350
USA
1 509-788-0030

Their Portfolio

91 Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Rosé, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $12.99.
90 Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Family Grown, Pinot Grigio, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $12.99.
87 Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 Family Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
85 Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 Family Grown, Merlot, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
87 Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Family Grown, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
91 Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Evergreen Vineyard Family Grown, Riesling, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley 11.5% (USA) $12.99.
BR Milbrandt Vineyards 2019 Rosé, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 The Estates, Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope 14.5% (USA) $.00.
89 Milbrandt Vineyards 2019 Pinot Grigio, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 The Estates, Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal
92 Milbrandt Vineyards 2017 The Estates, Merlot, Wahluke Slope 14.5% (USA) $.00.
87 Milbrandt Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope 14.5% (USA) $.00.
92 Ryan Patrick 2017 Elephant Mountain Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley 14.5% (USA) $.00.
89 Ryan Patrick 2016 Rock Island, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $.00.
86 Ryan Patrick 2018 Rock Island, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $.00.
BR Ryan Patrick 2019 Rosé, Columbia Valley 11% (USA) $.00. - Bronze Medal

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.