Cerebella Wines 2013 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $25

By on June 5, 2016

cerebella-wines-merlot-2013-bottleTwo military veterans – former Army medic Robb Zimmel and former Marine Jon Unruh – combined forces to recently launched Cerebella Wines as part of their Zimmel Unruh Cellars operation. Their debut vintage with Merlot offers aromas of blackberry, poached plums, dark chocolate, black olive, lime peel and lilac followed by a rich and brooding flavor structure that explodes with black currant and more blackberry. Focused tannins, pomegranate acidity and sweet vanilla provide pleasing length. These wines are available in the Tri-Cities at Cheese Louise, Grill on Gage, Italiano’s Serious Pies & Pasta and Wine Notes, as well as The Grant House and Vintopia back in their hometown of Vancouver, Wash.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 64 cases

Alcohol: 14.75%

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  1. Tiffany

    June 7, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    I don’t usually drink Merlot, but this one may make me convert. Very well balanced. Great wine at a great price!

  2. Joe

    June 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Also not usually into Merlot,I will change my mind after trying this bottle,YUM! Very very good indeed!

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