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Mercer Family Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $17
The synergistic winemaking transition in 2017 from Jessica Munnell to Jeremy Santo – a pair of proud Washington State University grads – again is apparent in this essentially bargain example of Cab from the Horse Heaven Hills. This release provides a snapshot of some of the Mercer family’s most-prized plantings, including Eagle & Plow, Dead Canyon, Spice Cabinet and Milt’s Vineyard – a tribute to the late Milton “Bud” Mercer, Jr. Complex aromas of black cherry and plum pick up sweet dill and savory notes of black olive. There’s a snappy approach to the tannins behind the black cherry, blackcap raspberry and cassis flavors ahead of the cinnamon bark finish. Here is the flagship bottling of this new brand and a remarkable ambassador for the Mercer wine program.
Production: 9,795 cases