Donedei Wines 2009 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $30

By on March 2, 2014

donedei-wines-merlot-2009-labelThis product of Ciel du Cheval (Red Mountain) and Elephant Mountain (Rattlesnake Hills) marked the 10th commercial vintage for Washington’s Carolyn Lakewold, the Olympia-area vintner who trained with Bob Andrake and Doug McCrea. Her barrel program for this is focused on neutral oak, which allows for the development of cherry cola, raspberry, Raisinets and vanilla aromas. Chocolate-covered cherries, plum juice, pomegranate and cocoa powder flavors make for a rather hedonistic, lighter-styled Merlot that’s ready to enjoy now.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 280 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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