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Washington Merlot love
Washington Merlot is easy to love. It’s smooth, rich and luscious with plenty of structure. It’s not usually as expensive as its big brother Cabernet Sauvignon.
In Washington state, Merlot has long been a star. For a decade-long stretch starting in the mid-1990s, it was the state’s No. 1 red wine grape. And even though Cabernet Sauvignon is the star, Washington Merlot continues to play an important role. Last year, Washington winemakers crushed 36,000 tons of Merlot. While this was well behind Cabernet Sauvignon, it was more than twice as much as Syrah.
Here are a dozen Washington Merlots we’ve tasted in recent weeks. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.