Garofalo Family Winery 2011 Les Collines Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $20

By on May 7, 2014

GAR001 MT11V2One of Washington’s stalwart vineyards, wineries large and small seek fruit from this McKibben family operation at the base of the Blue Mountains. Chad Garofalo, a new winemaker in nearby Milton-Freewater, Ore., turned his lot into a nose of cherry jam, loganberry, Swisher Sweet cigar, bell pepper and orange peel. A nice load of cherries gets dropped on the palate, which is joined by good acidity, a late rush of tannin and a finish of Smith Brothers Wild Cherry drops.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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