All hail king Cabernet

By on September 21, 2014

Mercer Canyons 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $14

Mercer Canyons 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon labelBest Buy! Affordable, approachable and widely available begins the discussion for this blend of Bordeaux varieties that leads with Cabernet Sauvignon (77%) from the Mercer family’s growing presence near the tiny town of Alderdale. Intense dark fruit aromas are led by black cherry and black currant, backed by brown sugar, black pepper, cocoa butter and a dusting of minerality so often found in Horse Heaven Hills wines. Inside is a rich entry of cherries, currants and plum in a lighter structure that comes with a luscious midpalate, sandy tannins and a rewarding finish.

Rating; Excellent

Production: 4,589 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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