2006 Tamarack Cellars Columbia Valley Merlot

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92 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "Ron Coleman's merlots are always generously ripe. This one has a cinnamon-stick spiciness that adds depth and savor to the sweet fruit. The aromas are autumnal, with the smoky scent of pine, and its ripe black cherry flavor gains shape and contour from the fine nutskin tannins. For chicken mole." (06/09) From Wine Enthuisast: "This has black cherry fruit flavor in spades, along with blueberry and sweet blackberry. It’s smooth to the point of softness, with fully ripe tannins and a sweet but firm finish with chocolate, cherries and coffee grounds." (8/1/2008) From Wine Spectator: "Displays dark, tarry accents to the black cherry fruit, finishing with a light grip of tannins. Firm. Best from 2009 through 2012. 1,456 cases made." (July 31, 2008)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2009 | Send Email
Witness the rebirth of Merlot! The Tamarack is outstanding wine. Full of toasty aromas, luscious red fruit, and a restrained use of oak that merely hints at vanilla. If Paul Giamatti would order Sea Smoke instead of this, then his palate must truly be sideways.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.