Northwest Cellars 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $18

By on July 11, 2014

northwest-cellars-merlot-2010-labelMerlot remains a workhorse for Washington wineries, ranking No. 4 in terms of tons crushed throughout the state last year. This Kirkland winery produced a wine with aromas of red currant, cherry, sassafras, vanilla and fresh mint. Substantial tannins on the entry pave the way to flavors of dark cherry, dark chocolate and dried strawberry, yet the tannins subside on the finish, which includes notes of black currant and black pepper. Enjoy this with well-marbled meats.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 1,316 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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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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