Abeja Merlot 2017 750ml
SKU: 00956

Abeja Merlot 2017

  • v92
  • jd91
  • ws89
  • we88

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Category Red Wine
Origin United States, Washington, Columbia Valley
Brand Abeja
Alcohol/vol 14.3%
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The 2017 growing season got off to slow start due to a cool spring that delayed budbreak, but temperatures warmed nicely for bloom, and July and August were marked by warm weather that allowed the grapes to catch up. Conditions moderated in September, extending hang time and allowing the grapes to develop good natural acidity without excessive sugar resulting in elegant wines with intense flavor.
  • v92

Moderately saturated bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of dark raspberry, mocha, red licorice, tobacco, minerals and cocoa nibs reminded me of a Right Bank wine. Plush, ripe and serious, with dusty herbs and spices enlivening the raspberry and plum fruit flavors; more red fruits than black here. Finishes with substantial but ripe well-integrated tannins and slowly building persistence. Not a powerhouse but uncommonly complex and refined for Washington Merlot. And more pliant at this stage than the 2016 was. (a blend of eight sites)

Stephen Tanzer, October 2018
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd91

All varietal and aged 19 months in barrel, the 2017 Merlot has a medium ruby/plum color as well as bright Bing cherry and currant fruits interwoven with plenty of tobacco, chocolate, and earth. This spicy, medium-bodied, nicely balanced beauty has a great texture, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. Drink it over the coming decade.

April 15, 2020
Wine Spectator
  • ws89

Precise and a bit tight, with zesty black cherry and smoky tobacco flavors that build toward medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2025. 665 cases made.

Tim Fish, 2021
Wine Enthusiast
  • we88

Char, coffee, chocolate and whiffs of tire rubber are out front. Cherry and chocolate bar flavors follow. It hasn't integrated at present.

Sean Sullivan, November 1, 2020

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