Waterbrook Winery 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $13

By on August 17, 2014

waterbrook-winery-merlot-bottle-nvBest Buy! John Freeman is closing in on completing his first decade as head winemaker for this Walla Walla showpiece after taking over from founding winemaker Eric Rindal. He stitches together fruit from Canyon Vineyard Ranch, Blackrock, Oasis and the underrated Wahluke Slope site Doval. Attractive aromas of blackberry, dusty cherry, horehound, lavender, lilac and dark spices. Cherries and boysenberries lead into chewy tannins, bright acidity and dash of white pepper in the finish. Suggested pairings include Salisbury steak, pork chops with rosemary and pasta in a tomato sauce.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 5,085 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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