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2017 Pollard Merlot- 27.99 (TPU 24.99)

This is 100% Merlot, aged in French oak (20% new), and clocks in with 14.1% listed alcohol. This is Robin’s third release, and it has become clear to me that her house style will be defined by aromatics. This wine opens with sagebrush, stony minerals, and blooming wildflowers- accented with just a touch of cherry. This is not a fruit driven example of Merlot. This Merlot is savory through and through. The palate boasts citrus-fueled acidity; it’s energetic and lifted as it showcases herbs, florals, currents, and forest floor subtleties. The flavors are complex and its texture is glorious with ever-present, ultra-fine tannins. Another knockout from Pollard’s lineup of Bordeaux inspired wines from Washington that ooze elegance and balance.

Paul Zitarelli, Editor in Chief

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2016 Pollard Cabernet Franc Pollard Vineyard - $33.99 (TPU $29.99) 
There are really only two parts of Washington I find consistently compelling for Cab Franc: the Gorge for Brian McCormick’s Chinon ringers under the Memaloose/Idiot’s Grace label, and the Rattlesnake Hills, which can produce compelling Francs in a range of styles, from Michael Savage’s cool-climate marvels out of Copeland and Two Blondes to Sheridan’s robust, delicious examples. Pollard’s version (14.1%) falls somewhere in between. It is a balanced beauty; one of the finest debut Washington wines I can remember sampling in the past year. It’s also quite limited: just 122 cases produced, and I suspect it’ll go fast once the press catches wind of it. No promises on reorders, but we’re getting in nice and early here.
 

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