Two Mountain Winery 2012 Copeland Vineyard Estate Merlot, Yakima Valley, $21

By on February 8, 2015

Two Mountain Winery Copeland Vineyard Merlot labelThe Rawn brothers’ Copeland Vineyard offers vistas of two mountains — Adams and Rainier — and this bottling of Merlot proves their site is starting to show its maturity. A barrel program of French, American and Hungarian oak, along with Cabernet Franc (9%), allows for generous aromas of sarsaparilla and cola with black cherry, plum and gorgeous herbal notes. It’s a bit darker and more fruit-forward on the palate, which is fashioned by delicious black currant, cherry and blueberry flavors. Well-managed tannins and good acidity finish with a pinch of wintergreen.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 425 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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