Four Lakes is a must visit in the Lake Chelan Region of eastern Washington State; the view of all 4 lakes makes the trip worthwhile if nothing else. But don’t let that deceive you: the wines are serious efforts at quality and the 2008 Merlot is no exception. Young vines notwithstanding, the flavor is all there: lots of cola, cherry and vigorous red fruit flavor. The nose is inviting with wild thimbleberry on the the wind with that enticing cola-cherry of young, youthful, Merlot vines. This – along with the Syrah offering – will become the signature wines of this sizeable estate. Buy and support!