Review: 2007 Milbrandt Vineyards Merlot Traditions Columbia Valley
Rating: Balanced and smooth chocolately goodness. May make you horny for Washington wines...$15
The Rest of the Story: (Big thanks to Philip at Spagio Cellars - again - for turning us on to this.) Even long before Sideways nearly killed it, Merlot had developed a well-deserved reputation for being a suburban housewife's mediocre salve for the common Tupperware party. It was over planted, mass produced, and generally used like a cheap rental by the wine industry...
Well, bravo, Milbrandt brothers, bravo.
Merlot-haters, wake up. This is a fantastic wine that will change the way you think about this grape.
The 2007 Milbrandt Vineyards Merlot Traditions packs big flavor with obvious chocolatey goodness. The texture is like sliding into a bed made with organic jersey cotton sheets, and the finish is long and pleasant. Definite similarities to the flavors of great Australian wine, but without the heat or massive extraction.
A damn enjoyable wine.