Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014 Merlot, Lewis-Clark Valley, $25

By on November 13, 2016

clearwater-canyon-cellars-merlot-2014-bottleUntil May 20, 2016, the Umikers would have been required to use “Idaho/Washington” as the American Viticultural Area on the label. Now they are able to embrace the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA for this Merlot, a mix of their own vineyard in the Lewiston Orchards and the young Rock n’J Vineyard — the easternmost planting in Washington state near the Asotin. The Umikers’ devotion to American oak show here, a program of 17 months in 30% new barrel. That creates a theme of vanilla bean, dark toast, caramel and spice box along with sweet cherries and red pepper flakes. Fine-grained tannins allow for a mouth-filling finish of black cherry, bittersweet chocolate and toast.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 208 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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