House Wine 2013 Mountain Merlot, American, $10

By on August 14, 2016

house-wine-mountain-merlot-american-2013-bottleBest Buy! Precept’s Original House Wine project, founded by Washington iconoclast Charles Smith, goes a bit beyond the state for its Mountain Merlot. Complex aromas of warm blackberry cobbler and plum include red bell pepper, cinnamon bark, vanilla extract and chalkboard dust. There’s also a pinch of oregano, a sign of the Cabernet Franc (3%). It carries a round and supple entry of plush fruit, offering flavors of plum juice, blueberry and light cherry. The lighter structure, slice of sweet red bell pepper, a drop  of residual sugar, make this quite a quaffer. It’s built and priced for weeknights or patios with pizza and burgers.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,600 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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