Winemaker Gordon Taylor and Joan “Dr. Dirt” Davenport live on the northern slope of the Horse Heaven Hills, overlooking Prosser, Wash., and they tapped into Alder Ridge Vineyard at the southern tip of the appellation this expressive Merlot. Plums, pomegranate and Almond Joy candy bar aromas are transformed into fresh raspberry and cherry flavors, backed by more plums. The tannins are nicely managed, and it’s backed by anise and some boysenberry in the finish. These two scientists suggest pairing their Merlot with Spaghetti Carbonara, quiche or even flán.
Production: 89 cases