One of Washington’s most renowned vineyards made up the first bottling of Merlot for this boutique winery in the Tri-Cities. It’s a robust and age-worthy wine, as one would expect from Red Mountain, and it opens with raspberry syrup aromas among barrel tones of cocoa, vanilla bean, peanut butter, molasses and nutmeg. The palate is dominated by rich cassis, more raspberry and pomegranate, presented amid juicy acidity and assertive tannins. There’s pleasing length to the finish of tobacco leaf and white pepper. Anelare’s wines also are available at Nectar Tasting Room in Spokane.
Production: 100 cases