Mercer Canyons 2012 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $14
Best Buy! This spring, the Mercer family celebrated the fifth anniversary of their Prosser winery, and they continue to expand their offerings at various price points, including this everyday label. A product of a stellar vintage, the blend is built upon the shoulders of Merlot (68%) and gets fleshed out by Syrah (14%), but takes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and even dabs of Pinot Meunier and Cinsault. Sweet black cherry and Marionberry aromas include cola, porcini mushroom, eucalyptus, Greek olives and mint. The drink is plush and hedonistic with more cherry, brambleberries and blueberry flavors, while the structure is rich and lengthy with pinch of mint in the finish.
Production: 8,875 cases