This is a reasonably decent merlot, 2009 vintage from the 1805 brand of Washington State. It’s grapes are grown in Columbia Valley and the brand name 1805 refers to the year Lewis and Clark discovered Washington’s Columbia River Valley. The wine itself is pretty decent. I’m not the biggest merlot fan, but I enjoyed sipping away with some food. There were deep flavors, it’s a very concentrated wine. I could taste blueberries and sweet cherry with other fruit flavors and aromas. Coming from the Oasis Vineyard the grapes come from vines that are over 20 years old. The wine was pretty cheap at about $13.
This wine is a good example of a pretty moderate American Red. It’s not an amazing bottle by any means, but it’s plenty good for a drink with a friend over a meal. The taste of cherry and fruit is there and the smoothness is plentiful. This supple wine is 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 16% Syrah. This blend results in a very smooth finish and makes the wine very drinkable with food. It’s not too spicy and not too mild. The wine is made in Washington State by the Hedges Family Estate company in Columbia Valley. At $11.99 it’s a bargain.