Sleeping Dog Wines 2005 Merlot, Yakima Valley, $23

By on April 1, 2014

sleeping-dog-labelThe 2005 vintage in Washington state ranked among the best in the past decade, and this Merlot by Benton City winemaker Larry Oates is aging beautifully. It captures aromas of Bing cherry, dried strawberry, chai spices and cedar, and there’s no April fooling on the palate. The rich entry of black cherry and black raspberry is held up by rewarding tannins and juicy acidity of ripe red currants. The finish offers complexity of cocoa powder and eucalyptus. This wine received a gold medal at the 2014 Capital Food & Wine Festival Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 138 cases

Alcohol: 15.2%

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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.