Making a case for great Northwest Merlot

by | Oct 12, 2014 | Featured wines, News, Washington wine | 0 comments

Barnard Griffin 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17

barnard-griffin-merlot-2012-labelTraditionally, this wine under its erstwhile “tulip label” was found in grocery stores for less than $15, which makes this a Best Buy! That’s an outstanding bargain as Rob Griffin pulls from Alder Ridge, Black Rock, Lonesome Spring Ranch and his estate Caroway Vineyard east of Kennewick, Wash. His skilled use of oak imparts beautiful hints of dark chocolate, cinnamon bark and brown sugar along with fruity notes of black cherry, ripe strawberry and blueberry taffy. Unlike many examples of Merlot from Washington, this carries a lighter and silky tannin structure that’s surrounded by luscious cherries and sweet purple fruit. The velvety mouth feel finishes with milk chocolate.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,500 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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Articles credited to Great Northwest Wine are authored by Eric Degerman and other contributors. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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