Baker’s dozen of Northwest Merlot

By on September 22, 2013

Chateau Figareaux 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $29

Seven of Hearts is a winery in Carlton, Oregon.Owner/winemaker Byron Dooley uses grapes from Hellsgate Vineyard on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge near the town of Goldendale to craft this tasty Merlot. It opens with aromas of huckleberry, red cherry and red licorice, followed by flavors of dark fruit, coffee and toast.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 25 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%


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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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