Making a case for great Northwest Merlot

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

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

three-rivers-winery-champoux-vineyard-merlot-2009-labelOne 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 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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