Auclair Winery 2008 96 Cedars merlot

Tasted at 57-62 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: dark garnet, rustic magenta. Nose: ripe red cherry, raspberry, Mt. Rainier taiga, woodsy, blackberry. Mouthfeel: medium-bodied with some tang. Tail trail: 9 seconds. Flavors: black cherry liqueur, raspberry, sandalwood, brown spices.

Alcohol: 14.3%. Debut wine of Charlie’s second label named after an Earth Day project out near Marblemount. Columbia Valley AVA. 9% cabernet sauvignon, 9% cabernet franc. Power: 2/5. Balance: 2/5. Depth: 2/5. Finesse: 2/5. Rated: 88. Value: $17. Paid: $25. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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