2007 Snoqualmie Whistle Stop Red Cabernet Merlot: Blackberry nose, tannic texture, overall somewhat stiff

dec. 30, 2010: the best thing about this columbia valley, washingtonian, is the nose -- all blackberry fruitiness with wafts of licorice thrown in for good measure. but the mouthfeel is tannic, and overall it comes off a bit stiff, like that guy at the party who just doesn't know how to relax. this 70 percent cabernet sauvignon and 30 percent merlot blend has a good price tag (under $10), but despite its roots, it seems tough and almost unnecessarily stoic. and that's after it's already been open for two hours. it's good for a one-time try, but i don't think i'll get it again. 13.5 percent alcohol. winetree. tim's recommendation.

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