Two Vintners Walla Walla Valley Pepper bridge vineyard 2012 Merlot, 92 points, was a L-V gift (approx. $35), poured inky black up to the broad clear wine ring where a short burst of burgundy purple/red greeted the glass shallows.
Aromatic toasty black fruit with hints of cocoa, cedar, and cinnamon were excellent.
Full-bodied, good acidity, layered luscious tannins, and complex flavors beginning with black licorice, followed by damson plum, clove, fennel, and blackberries were outstanding.
Finished long on hot spice energized tannin, a warm 15.1% alcohol, and a silky trailing palate.
Only 200 cases made.
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