Mercer Estates 2013 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $24

By on December 14, 2015

mercer-estates-merlot-2013-bottleThe Mercer family’s 525-acre Princeton Vineyard forms the base of this bottling with Merlot accounting for 80 percent, yet the supreme balanced is achieved through skillful blending with Syrah (17%) off their Dead Canyon site and a dab of Cab from the 5-acre Big Teepee Vineyard near their farm house. Barrel spice aromas with toast, root beer and cola fall in behind dark cherry and black currant notes. The appealing juice brings big flavors of cherry, dark blueberry and pomegranate that finish with vanilla, elderberry and tarragon. This wine has gone on to capture best of class at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 820 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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