Washington Merlot a love affair

By on February 1, 2015

Browne Family Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $35

browne-family-vineyards-merlot-nv-bottleWaterbrook winemaker John Freeman continues to expand his pet project for Precept CEO Andrew Browne, who recently opened a tasting room on Main Street in Walla Walla for this brand. Canyon Vineyard Ranch, Mirage and Joel Hattrup’s acclaimed Elephant Mountain Vineyard came together for this medium-bodied Merlot that opens with juicy aromas of dusty strawberry, light cherry, vanilla and a stroll into a caramel popcorn kitchen. The drink is bright with black cherry, strawberry, nutmeg and white pepper, backed by a good balance of acidity with chocolaty tannins.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,013 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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