2012 J. Bookwalter "Foreshadow" Columbia Valley Merlot (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1308296 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Lighter in color, this blend of Conner Lee, Red Mountain Vineyard and Elephant Mountain fruit has aromas of freshly brewed coffee, dark chocolate, toasty barrel spices and red fruit, with the barrel notes taking the lead. It's silky-soft in feel, with generous raspberry flavors that show a pleasing sense of balance, all backed by a light squeeze of tannins.  (7/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Incorporating 5% Syrah and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2012 Foreshadow Merlot (aged 18 months in 50% new large-format French oak) has a slightly forward, superficial feel to go with lots of toasted bread, cassis, licorice, dried spices and hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied, ripe, rounded and well-made, it’s not a long-term prospect, but it offers plenty of charm. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. (JD)  (6/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Lithe and generous, this is deftly balanced to let the dark cherry, licorice and spice flavors bounce easily into a lively finish. Shows presence and directness. Drink now through 2017. 1,009 cases made.  (6/2015)

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Varietal:

Merlot

- 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.
Country:

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.
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Washington

- 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.