Baker’s dozen of Northwest Merlot

By on September 22, 2013

Airfield Estates 2010 Merlot, Yakima Valley, $20

airfield-estates-merlot-2010-bottleThe Miller family’s vineyard program began 45 years ago, and they cropped this block of Merlot to 3.3 tons per acre as a result of the cool and problematic 2010 summer. Smoky oak produces aromas of white chocolate in front of notes of plum, saffron threads, rose hips, green peppercorn and Weetabix biscuit. Plum, black cherry and lavender arrive on the palate with sandy tannins and pomegranate acidity.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 385 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%


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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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