Basel Cellars 2010 Estate Merriment, Columbia Valley, $40

By on April 29, 2015

basel-cellars-estate-merriment-2010-bottleThe flagship release of this wine-country lodge south of downtown Walla Walla comes through as blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Franc from Pheasant Run Vineyard surrounding the tasting room. The 22-month barrel program of 80% new oak imparts tones of dark toast and nutmeg with ripe plum, black cherry, raspberry, mint and black pepper. Its structure is rather massive, yet there’s a wealth of dark fruit to support the tannins now and for time to come, meriting a silver medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 294 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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