Helix by Reininger 2010 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, $29

By on May 31, 2014

helix-merlot-bottleWalla Walla wineries make up a handful of the nearly 30 clients for this picturesque site along the Royal Slope in Washington’s Columbia Basin, and the eight blocks of Merlot are planted at 1,500 feet elevation. A cooler vintage combined with older American oak treatment leads to tones of cocoa, coffee, Bing cherry, cherry tomato and tomato vine, backed by food-friendly acidity and moderate tannins. One suggested Merlot pairing from the winery is with this recipe for Chocolate Dream Cookies.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 676 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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