Washington Merlot a love affair

By on February 1, 2015

Mercer Estates 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $26

mercer-estates-merlot-2012-bottleMerlot grows as well as any other Bordeaux variety in Washington, and its structure stands up to food and cellaring, too. Rather than overripe and syrupy, there’s a solid backbone and Old World style to this vintage from one of Prosser’s most successful brands. This release shows its 26 months in oak with tones of Chukar Cherry and dusty red currant, backed by dark toast, fresh dill and red bell pepper. Its tangy approach would be ideal with lean beef dishes such marinated London Broil influenced by fresh herbs.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 2,943 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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