Sovereign Cellars 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $35

By on March 22, 2016

sovereign-cellars-wineryDenny Gross made wine as a hobby for more than 30 years, but the Olympic Peninsula sailor got really serious about winemaking starting in 1998. Each year, he releases as many as five red wines and produces just two barrels of each – about 50 cases worth. Traditionally, he’s used his Merlot as a blender, but obviously these barrels from historic Sagemoor Vineyard offered something extra special. Rich and dark cherry aromas include plum, chocolate, baking spices and whiff of  jasmine. Inside, it’s generous and juicy with a mouthful of cherries and milk chocolate. Supple tannins – influenced by Syrah (18%) from Kiona – make this extremely balanced and lead to a luscious and long push of cherries.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 50 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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