Mercer Canyons 2014 Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills, $14

By on October 14, 2016

mercer-canyons-red-blend-2014-bottleBest Buy! The Mercer family, sparked by the winemaking talents of Washington State University grad Jessica Munnell, is growing this refreshed brand across the nation. Wines of this quality at such a price point bode well for the future. This six-variety blend is steered by Merlot (59%), but there are delectable contributions by Syrah (16%), Grenache (10%), Sangiovese (7%), Petit Verdot (6%) and Viognier from Spice Cabinet and Dead Canyon sites. The 17 months in French and American oak offers a charry entry with roasted coffee, black cherry ice cream, grilled blackberry, mocha and vanilla. On the palate, it takes on a much more fruit-forward approach with a smooth and steady stream of sweet blueberry and black currant. Plump blackberries, pleasurable tannins and ample acidity make this nicely balanced with a long farewell.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 3,596 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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