Maghee Cellars 2008 Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills, $36

By on February 22, 2014

maghee-cellar-merlotThe Woodhouse Wine Estates in Woodinville serves as home to a handful of brands — including Kennedy Shah — and winemaker Jean Claude Beck turned this Merlot into a gold medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine & Food Experience Wine Competition. Lovely aromas of spice, cherry, plum, rose hips and chocolate include a hint of tobacco leaf, likely a sign of the Cabernet Franc (5%). It’s a blockbuster on the palate with huge fruit flavors of plum and red cherry backed by milk chocolate. The structure features richness and smooth tannins, backed by some mint.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 178 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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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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