Apex Cellars 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $30

By on June 30, 2013

Washington wineApex has a long history in the Yakima Valley, going back to the 1980s when it was launched by Harry Alhadeff and the wines were made by Brian Carter. Today, Apex is owned by Precept Wine in Seattle, the state’s second-largest wine producer. Apex has tasting rooms at the Vintners Village in Prosser and in Woodinville, and the wines are made by Ron Bunnell, whose resume includes head winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle, as well as time at Kendall-Jackson and Beringer Vineyards. Bunnell’s winery, Bunnell Family Cellar, is just a short walk from Apex (as is his Wine O’Clock bistro). This is a classic Washington Merlot, opening with aromas of ripe plum, dark chocolate, clove and a whisper of smoke, followed by rich flavors of blackberry, black cherry, milk chocolate and boysenberry. The robust mouth feel is backed with refined tannins that give way to a lengthy finish.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 900 cases

Alcohol: 14.7%

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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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