2009 Estate Merlot

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New Release, 2009 Estate Merlot

This highly complex Estate Merlot reveals generous notes of very ripe plum Créme de Cassis liquer, black cherry, fresh picked yarrow leaves and a touch of clover honey. These aromas carry over to an equally generous palate. This Bordeaux-style wine was masterfully blended with 23% Cabernnet Sauvignon in ntrue Pomerol tradition and resulted in a highly distinctive example of what a Washington Merlot can achieve. Imbued by velvety soft tannins, owing in long measure to three years of barrel maturation of three years, this is truly a reserve-style wine built for an abundantly long cellar life. 

Note: Lodmell Cellars 2005 Estate Merlot won a Diamond of the Decade Award in 2015 - this was the the 10th anniversary “new award “ category, introduced by the Seattle Wine Awards in honor of their 10th anniversary. Expect the same excellence from the 2009 vintage. 

Tasting notes

Silver Medal, '14 Seattle Wine Awards.   The highly complex 2007 Lodmell Cellars Merlot reveals generous notes of very ripe plum, Crème de Cassis liqueur, canned black cherry and fresh-picked yarrow leaves.  These flavors are accompanied by their associated aromas, which herald the good news of what to expect from this wine on the palate.  If vigorously decanted, a discreetly pronounced note of clover honey can also be detected in the wine’s bouquet. 

This Bordeaux-style wine only just qualifies as a varietal Merlot, as it was masterfully blended with a generous proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in true Pomerol tradition.  To great effect, the 25% blending privilege was completely utilized in creating this highly distinctive example of Washington Merlot.

Imbued by velvety soft tannins, owing in long measure to barrel maturation of exactly three years, this Merlot is well and truly a reserve-style wine.  As a direct result, it is ready to consume upon release, but it is conditioned for an abundantly long life in the cellar.   Download Spec Sheet Here

Suggested Pairings

A perfect accompaniment to rosemary leg of lamb, sage and thyme breast of quail, peppercorn sirloin and cashew-encrusted, pesto-coated fillet of salmon.

Production notes

 

Winemaking Notes

The estate-grown fruit is all hand harvested, aged 36 months in French oak barrels, 20% new oak. 

Winemaker:            Andrew Lodmell

Varietal:            75% Merlot / 25% Cab Sauv

Alcohol:                        15.4%

Appellation:            Columbia Valley

Vineyard:            Lodmell Vineyards

Soil:                        Ritzville Loam

Release Date:            December 1, 2010

Retail Price:            $33/bottle

Vintage2009
VarietalMerlot
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardLodmell Family Vineyards
DesignationEstate
Aging36 months
Residual Sugar<0.01
Alcohol15.40%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date11/11/2009

Bronze, 2014 NW Wine Competition

2009 Estate Merlot
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