Abeja Merlot Columbia Valley

2012 Abeja Merlot Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Full, bright red. Expressive aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, mocha, milk chocolate, graphite and cedary oak are lifted by notes of rose petal and fresh herbs; not at all black fruit in character in spite of the high alcohol. Supple, juicy and savory, showing lovely inner-mouth floral lift to the cherry and redcurrant fruit. This very sophisticated Merlot boasts a felicitous combination of vinosity and sweetness. The long finish features ripe, noble tannins. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (December 2014), 92 pts

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2014 Abeja Merlot Columbia Valley - 89 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(aged in 60% new French oak): Inviting bright red-ruby color. Fruit-driven aroma of blueberry liqueur complicated by dusty herbs. Plush and nicely concentrated, showing a strong spice character to its dark berry and licorice flavors; I like the balance of fruit sweetness and restrained oak. Firm acids and big, dusty tannins give this wine real spine. In a distinctly savory style. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2016), 89 pts

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2013 Abeja Merlot Columbia Valley - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Aged in French oak, 40% new, the rest one-year-old barrels. Bright, dark red. Musky dark berries, tobacco, mocha and graphite on the nose, with a complementary element of smoky oak. Suave, vinous and sweet, offering a pliant texture and good concentration to its dark berry, chocolate and menthol flavors. Can't match the superb 2012 for definition or floral lift but finishes with smooth tannins and noteworthy persistence. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2015), 90 pts

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