Milbrandt Vineyards 2011 Traditions Merlot, Columbia Valley, $16

By on December 26, 2013

milbrandt-vineyards-traditions-merlot-bottleThe Milbrandts didn’t reach far from their Wahluke Wine Company facility in Mattawa, Wash., for these grapes — Clifton, Clifton Hill, Talcott and Wahluke Slope vineyards — and the results showcase dark purple fruit from beginning to end. Aromas include Chukar Cherry, maple syrup, toffee and bay rum, followed by flavors of boysenberry, cordial cherry, French roast coffee and graphite. Approachable tannins and bright acidity should make this an easy match with Cornish game hen, gnocchi or shepherd’s pie.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 8,600 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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