Mercer Estates 2014 Ode to Brothers Reserve Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills, $42

By on July 5, 2017

One of Washington’s best pockets for grapes is the Mercer family’s Spice Cabinet Vineyard along the southern slope of the Horse Heaven Hills, and among the industry’s best trends are Rhône-inspired blends. Jessica Munnell put together this GSM blend of Grenache (25%), Syrah (39%) and Mourvèdre (36%), which offers a lively nose of pomegranate, plum, pepper from the Mourvèdre and the dusty minerality often found in Horse Heaven Hills wines. Its structure produced from whole-berry fermentation seems Grenache-driven with racy raspberry and black currant juice, backed by lingering blueberry skin tannins. They’ve doubled production from the previous vintage.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 358 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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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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