Sagelands Vineyard 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $13

By on June 17, 2013

sagelandsmerlotnvfljpgBest Buy! Seattle-based Precept Wine has rescued and revived this Yakima Valley brand that dates to 1984, and it continues to keep the prices affordable. Contributing vineyards include Canyon Vineyard Ranch, Doval, Oasis and Wallula. There’s no shortage of fruit in the nose with its hints of cherry pie crust, vanilla and strawberry fruit leather. Thankfully, there’s a match on the entry to the palate. Plums join the other flavors as the acidity — a by-product of Sangiovese (5%) —  stays ahead of the moderate tannins.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 3,617 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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