Hogue Cellars 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $10

By on December 21, 2013

hogue-cellars-merlot-bottleBest Buy! Growers, winemakers and consumers of Washington state wines all benefit from glorious vintages such as that of 2012. Coman Dinn’s team brought in fruit from the Wahluke Slope (41%), Yakima Valley (36%) and Horse Heaven Hills to create a wine redolent of blueberry jam on toast, Marionberry and black cherry, dark chocolate and black pepper. The rich yet lively Cab-like drink carries abundant acidity, a pinch of crushed herbs for complexity and fine-grained tannins. Suggested fare runs the gamut of butternut squash ravioli, grilled bacon-cheddar burgers and roast turkey.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 30,000 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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