90 Pts Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2006 Merlot The Estates is a substantial wine with an excellent bouquet of toast, cinnamon, allspice, violets, cassis, and black cherry. Ripe and round on the palate, it has ample savory, layered fruit, plenty of spice, and excellent balance. It will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2018." -90 points - Jay Miller - Wine Advocate
"Dark, tannic and toasty, it's a rich mouthful of wine. The fruit is moderately ripe, with light berry flavors; but the toast and chocolate and coffee barrel flavors add a lot of weight and punch. Nice winemaking from Gordy Hill turns out a delicious wine." -89 points Wine Enthusiast
"A smooth, sophisticated, plump and juicy Merlot with bits of cassis, boysenberry, blueberry, chocolate and smoky oak. It is well structured with mouth-filling richness, ripe fruit flavors and rounded tannins." -Winery
"Farming is in our blood. Our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all made their living working the land. Eastern Washington is in our blood. We came here as young children and have always called it home. When we planted our first vines in 1997 we were entering uncharted territory. Today, we farm 12 distinct estate vineyard sites totaling nearly 2000 acres. Our grapes are purchased by some of the most prestigious wineries in the state. Our own winery, launched in 2005, produces highly-individualistic wines from our estate and neighboring vineyards." -Winery
This also scored 88 points in the Wine Spectator.