Baker’s dozen of Northwest Merlot

By on September 22, 2013

Holmes Harbor Cellars 2009 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $28

Holmes Harbor Cellars is a small winery on Washington's Whidbey Island.For this alluring Merlot, owner/winemaker Greg Martinez uses grapes from Les Collines Vineyard – just north of the Oregon border – and Spofford Station – just south of the border. It opens with aromas of black peppercorn, boysenberry, smoked bacon, mint and cherry, followed by flavors of dark chocolate, cherry syrup and raspberry. It’s all backed with fine-grained tannins and has a line of minerality running through the aromas and flavors.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 67 cases

Alcohol: 15.7%

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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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