Baker’s dozen of Northwest Merlot

By on September 22, 2013

Kyra Wines 2009 Merlot, Wahluke Slope, $20

Kyra 09 MerlotMore folks in the Northwest are beginning to learn of the delicious wines produced in Moses Lake, Wash., by Kyra Baerlocher, who has been winning awards with Merlot and other varieties off the Wahluke Slope for years. This release is fans out notes of cranberry, cherry cola, leaf tobacco and light toast. There’s a smooth and easy drink with dark cherry and chocolate flavors, finished with red bell pepper and coffee. Suggested fare includes grilled chicken, pork ribs, pot roast and smoked Gouda.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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