Anelare 2010 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Merlot, Red Mountain, $49

By on September 16, 2013

anelare-ciel-du-cheval-vineyard-merlot-2010-bottleOne of Washington’s most renowned vineyards made up the first bottling of Merlot for this boutique winery in the Tri-Cities. It’s a robust and age-worthy wine, as one would expect from Red Mountain, and it opens with raspberry syrup aromas among barrel tones of cocoa, vanilla bean, peanut butter, molasses and nutmeg. The palate is dominated by rich cassis, more raspberry and pomegranate, presented amid juicy acidity and assertive tannins. There’s pleasing length to the finish of tobacco leaf and white pepper. Anelare’s wines also are available at Nectar Tasting Room in Spokane.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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