Beautiful Washington Merlots

By on April 19, 2015
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Cold Creek Vineyard is in Washington Merlot country.

Grapes await harvest at Cold Creek Vineyard. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

For more than 20 years, Merlot was Washington’s No. 1 red wine grape. That changed a few years ago when Cabernet Sauvignon finally eclipsed Merlot (and ultimately passed Chardonnay and Riesling, too).

But during the ’90s and much of the ’00s, Merlot helped build and solidify Washington’s reputation as a world-class wine region. Now it seems we’ve cast aside the noble red Bordeaux variety aside for trendier grapes, including Cab, Tempranillo, Grenache and Mourvèdre.

Let’s not forget the wine that helped get Washington to where it is today.

Here are nine Washington Merlots we’ve tasted in recent weeks that are worth tracking down.

About Great Northwest Wine

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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