Baker’s dozen of Northwest Merlot

By on September 22, 2013

Anelare 2010 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Merlot, Red Mountain, $49

anelare-logoOne 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.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 100 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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