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Fielding Hills Merlot 2010


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Fielding Hills


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Whiffs of smoke and herbs complement luscious red cherry and black fruit preserves. Make no mistake -- it's a big wine -- with a levity and suppleness that make it super attractive to pop and pour. 93% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Syrah from their estate vineyard, Riverbend.

Fielding Hills has produced fantastic Merlot from the start. Mike and Karen Wade are down-to-earth winegrowers who were one of the first wineries in the Wahluke Slope AVA. 2010 marks their 11th vintage.

An interesting tangent about Merlot and international attention on Washington wine: Wine Spectator's 2011, 2012, and 2013 Top 100 Wines of the World featured three Washington Merlot-based wines, near the top: Baer Ursa 2008 (#5 in 2011) and Longshadows Pedestal 2009 (#11 in 2012), and Spring Valley Uriah 2010 (#27 in 2013). Not bad for the lowly ol' Merlot grape.

This deep, dark red wine has aromas of black plum, blackberry, nutmeg and licorice. This is a medium to full-bodied wine with medium to high tannins and lively acidity. The finish is long and well balanced.

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

2008 Wine Spectator - 91 points - Bay leaf and fresh sage notes add interest to the ripe cherry, roasted barley and spice flavors that weave through the fine texture and long, enticing finish. Drink now through 2015. 190 cases made. - H.S.

Succulent, liquorous, dense and tart this is superb Washington Merlot. It is bursting with blueberry and black cherry fruit flavors, and has the highest percentage of Merlot ever for Fielding Hills. This wine is beautifully structured but big; give it plenty of breathing time, or cellar it for a few more years. - Paul Gregutt for Wine Enthusiast (2010-11-15)

91% Merlot, 5% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, from Riverbend Vineyard.

This is a particularly savory Merlot that displays a deep ruby color, a stony black cherry and blackberry nose, and scents of rose petals, sage and tobacco. The flavors are ample yet well focused, with undertones of licorice, chocolate, coffee grounds and loamy earth. The grainy back palate shows tones of gently squeezed cherries and minerals that are followed ripe, supple tannins. 18.5/20 points. - Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

The 2007 vintage of the Fielding Hills Merlot starts with scents of plum, blackberry, and baking spice. Add black cherry, violet perfume, and cassis to the flavors of this succulent wine. The finish is full of rich fruit and a hint of earth. - tasted 9-22-09 - Jean

Sweet plum, baking spice, sour cherry, talc and blue flower, with whiffs of tomato plant and earth. The palate is bright, with more sour cherry and chocolate. My second favorite - nice and bright for a Merlot. - tasted 9-22-09 - Adrienne

2007 Wine Spectator - 91 points - Supple, round and distinctive for its mint-infused cherry and blackberry flavors, beautifully polished in texture, with lovely floral accents on the finish. Drink now through 2014. 172 cases made. H.S.

2006 Vintage Tasting Notes

2006 Wine Spectator - 93 points - Ripe, round and generous, this sumptuous wine offers layers of gorgeous blackberry and black cherry flavors, hinting at toast and spice on the creamy-textured finish. Drink now through 2014. 163 cases made".

Merlot skeptics look out: Fielding Hills makes a real head-turner of a Merlot. Unusually rich and full-bodied, the dark red cherry and tobacco aromas beckon you into the glass. Gushing plums and cherries mix with peppery barrel spice and succulent, slightly earthy red fruit fruit on the savory finish, lasting nearly a minute. Magnificent Merlot.

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