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Owen Roe Dubrul Merlot 09

Owen Roe

$44.95 Regular

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Washington State's Yakima Valley-based Dubrul Vineyard, made famous by David O'Reilly of Owen Roe, is the source for the grapes of this distinguished wine. Showing what makes Washington Merlot unique, the wine presents a classic streak of fresh tobacco leaf in the scent and finish that adds complexity and dimension to what is already an unusually intricate Merlot.

Initially, scents of black cherry, black raspberry, sweet bing cherry, smoke, barrel toast, and that famous fresh tobacco leaf scent intermingle in the nose. Additionally, spices like cardamon and clove appear as the wine warms and opens in the glass.

Flavors reiterate the nose, starting with intense sweet black cherry, plum, and black currant. Additionally, notes of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, bright bing cherry, and pie spices like cardamon, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon show intermittently. That classic fresh tobaco leaf scent manifests as a subtle flavor note, and is joined by a distinct hint of cigar smoke.

The finish leaves you with a mouthful of everything. Pure focused cherry, currant and plum fruit, exotic spices, and bittersweet chocolate last and last. - Jean

2008 Vintage

I wish I could get all of my friends that snub Merlot to drink this wine. It would sweep them up and make them realize the error of their ways. Deep and rich in ripe cherry and red currant on the nose and palette with a beautiful finish of sweet tobacco leaf that continues to linger. A finesse that is lovely now and will only get better in years to come (though I don't think I'd be patient enough to let this age.)Perfectly in tune with the early bounty of spring, this merlot would be a lovely match with spring lamb chops grilled or roasted with sauteed morels, ramps, and spring pea shoots.- Amy

2006 Vintage

The aromas are so welcoming--cherry cream, pipe tobacco, and caramel, which guides you into the glass. A powerful gush of concentrated mixed plums and currants lavishes your palate. Tons of pure, sweet fruit, milk chocolate, and cedar spice sails on the finish. As with all the Dubrul bottlings, the 06 Merlot is a bit tight, but decanting quickly reveals the magic that David O'Reilly has found in the vineyard.

2005 Vintage

Wine Spectator 93 points: "Supple, broad, and remarkably generous and deep. Sports a peppery character arounda plush core of black cherry, dark chocolate, and sweet oak flavors, mingling enticingly as the finish rolls on and on. Best from 2008 through 2014. 201 cases made." H.S.