Mercer Estates 2010 Reserve Cavalie, Columbia Valley, $40

By on April 17, 2014

mercer-estates-reserve-cavalie-2010-bottleThere’s a fascinating assortment of sources in this Merlot-based blend, which was stitched together by Prosser winemaker Jessica Munnell. Desert Wind Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope contributes both Merlot and Cabernet, while McKinley Springs in the Horse Heaven Hills also chipped in with Merlot, but the secret sauce is the Malbec (9%) and Petit Verdot (6%) from Mercer’s acclaimed Spice Cabinet Vineyard. The nose is of blackberry, black currant, tobacco leaf, cedar and sweet toasted oak. Inside are flavors of boysenberry and blueberry that are backed by a structure of plum skin tannins and cranberry acidity, making it easy to enjoy.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 183 cases

Alcohol: 14.7%

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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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