2005 Five Star Merlot Walla Walla Valley

Had this one from a magnum over at Menno’s place. I love this winery and have always considered this Merlot to be top 5 in the state. We’re still having trouble setting up the top 5 blind tasting to crown the champion. Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black cherry, black raspberry, chocolate, lots of flowers and perfume, bark, some oak, and not really any earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium acidity, very well balanced, pure dark fruit and flowers, un-mistakable as WA Merlot, pretty and elegant, with good length to the finish. Not the candy bar of more recent vintages but amazing wine.    

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