Baker’s dozen of Northwest Merlot

By on September 22, 2013

Daven Lore Winery 2010 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

daven-lore-winery-red-logoWinemaker 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.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 89 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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