Baker’s dozen of Northwest Merlot

By on September 22, 2013

Two Mountain Winery 2009 Copeland Vineyard Estate Merlot, Yakima Valley, $22

two-mountain-winery-bottle-capThere’s no shortage of fruit, oak or structure in this bottling from the Rawn brothers’ young Rattlesnake Hills vineyard. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, red currant, honey ham, artichoke, cedar and leafiness get your juices flowing. Flavors are filled with hints of ripe red fruit such as cherry, raspberry, strawberry and currant, backed by dark chocolate and black olive with taut tannins and lime juice. Want to get first-hand experience how the Rawns make a wine such as this? See if their annual two-hour seminar — scheduled this year for Oct. 19 — is filled.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 343 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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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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