Grantwood Winery 2010 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $15

By on September 4, 2013

Grantwood Winery is in Walla Walla, Washington.Best Buy! Walla Walla natives Joe Grant and Doris Wood don’t stray from their valley for grapes, and they work with tiny lots from top vineyards. Somehow, these retirees continue to offer their wines at jaw-dropping prices compared to the majority. This Merlot from Les Collines is a big wine with many layers, starting with a nose of dark chocolate, plum, blueberry, nutmeg, sweet pipe tobacco and NECCO Wafer. Flavors start with blackberry, blueberry, black olive and more chocolate, backed by Western serviceberry chalkiness and Swisher Sweet cigar, then black currant and Earl Grey tea tones make for an extended finish. Its alcohol level would place this in the realm of “drink now” and enjoy with a well-marbled steak.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 50 cases

Alcohol: 15.3%

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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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