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2007 Whispering Tree Colombia Valley, Washington Merlot

2007 Whispering Tree Colombia Valley, Washington Merlot Zoom

This exceptional Washington Merlot offers notes of red cherry, toasty oak, nuts, blackberry and milk chocolate.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2007
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About This Wine

If all you know about Washington is Seattle, it may be difficult to envision the state as “wine country.”

But east of Seattle, past the Cascade range and across the mighty Columbia River, one encounters an unexpected “wineland” where Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon reign supreme. This is the Columbia Valley, formed by Ice Age floods and ancient volcanoes, with a climate that’s absolutely ideal for growing world-class winegrapes.

In the Columbia Valley, the wide temperature spread between day and night provides crisp acids in the grapes, a quality leading to beautifully balanced wines. Greater fruit intensity results from the region receiving two hours more of sunshine daily than California’s wine regions.

Whispering Tree sources its grapes from this very special valley, and as you would expect, the resulting wines are stunning. Take the 2007 Merlot as an example. It offers plenty of fruit flavor, joined by impressions of toasty oak, nuts and milk chocolate — a wonderful wine from an unexpected source.

About Merlot

Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:100% Merlot
  • Grape Source:Washington’s Columbia Valley Growing Region
  • Aromas & Flavors:Red Cherry, Toasty Oak, Nuts, Blackberry and a Hint of Milk Chocolate
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2012
  • Food Pairing Suggestiongrilled hamburgers, or mushroom-barley soup.

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    This is an excellent wine with heavy hors d' oeuvres- we just had this at our Christmas party and it was excellent! Great dry wine with full bodied flavor, smooth & a great 'opening wine' for elegant parties and a great gift for the holidays-- Merlot lovers will not be dissapointed with this wine!

    12/07/2012 Wendy
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  • Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
    Garlic Grilled Chicken The following recipe, which serves 4, transforms a classic white wine dish -chicken - into a perfect partner for red wines such as Merlot and Syrah. The secret? The generous use of garlic. Get The Recipe
    Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe
    Pork Chops With Blueberry Sauce This recipe makes 4 servings, and matches wonderfully with Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot and red blends... Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey, ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
  • Duck Breast With Red Wine Risotto This recipe calls for a good quality red wine, and we suggest either Pinot Noir, Merlot. Whichever you choose, we also suggest serving that wine with the meal. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    French Lamb Shank Stew With White Beans This recipe, from The Mauna Loa Macadamia Cooking Treasury matches wonderfully with Malbec, Merlot Sangiovese Rhone red blends. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
    Mustard Crusted Rack Of Lamb Try this tasty recipe, which serves 4more, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, a red blend containing any of the aforementioned varieties... Get The Recipe
    Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The Recipe
  • Lemony Lamb Chops Here's a versatile dish that matches well with red Bordeaux, Merlot, yet also can be enjoyed with white wines because of its lemon-flavored sauce. It makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
    Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of anything-goes-food-and-wine pairing, we're on the lookout for recipes that match well with red OR white wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Slow Cooking Stew A flavorful wine such as MalbecMerlot calls for a flavorful main dish. This tasty recipe fits the bill deliciously, and makes about 6 servings. And now that the kids are back in school, be aware that it's a meal you... Get The Recipe
    Boneless Leg Of Lamb This recipe, developed by the late James Beard, matches beautifully with Shiraz a.k.a. Syrah, Shiraz/Cabernet blends and Merlot. It serves 6-8... Get The Recipe
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