Washington Merlot a love affair

By on February 1, 2015

Daven Lore Winery 2011 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

davenlore-winery-merlot-2011-bottleOne of the Washington wine industry’s workhorse vineyards — Alder Ridge with its sandy loam soil — builds 90 percent of this offering by Prosser vintner Gordon Taylor. He’s produced a wine that starts with aromas of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds, plum, cherry soda, dried herbs and smoke, followed by flavors of ripe Van cherry, black currant and plum. Fine blueberry seed tannin, dusty minerality, pleasing acidity and vanilla carry the finish nicely. Suggested food pairings include bouillabaisse, burgers, lasagna and Nicoise Salad.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 98 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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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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