Vale Wine Co. 2012 Merlot, Snake River Valley, $23

By on August 14, 2015

Vale Wine Co-2012-MerlotAt one time, founding winemaker John Danielson, an Idaho native, had this brand linked to a small estate vineyard in Vale, Ore., west of the Snake River along the Oregon Trail. His Merlot creates aromas of dark cherry, espresso, chalkboard dust and earthiness, followed by a rich, round and expressive delivery of Chelan cherries and cassis flavors. Smooth tannins and bright acidity help to give this an enjoyable, food-friendly finish. These wines are available at Hat Ranch Winery as well as the Boise Co-op wine shop.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 127 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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