Three Rivers Winery 2009 Champoux Vineyards Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $39

By on August 27, 2014

three-rivers-winery-champoux-vineyard-merlot-2009-bottleOne of the Walla Walla Valley’s elite winemakers, Holly Turner, didn’t skimp on this project that started with perhaps Washington state’s top site for Bordeaux varieties. Her program of 50% new French barrels develops aromas of dark toast, black cherry, black pepper, fresh-ground espresso and allspice. The flavor profile is bold with black cherry and dark plum, black pepper and sturdy tannins. This received a silver medal at the 2014 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, and there’s a long life ahead in store, but pair in the meantime with well-marbled steak or prime rib.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 290 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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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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