Washington Merlot a love affair

By on February 1, 2015

Diversion Wine 2012 Merlot, Washington, $20

diverson-wine-merlot-nv-bottleSeattle negoçiant Damian Davis of Rainier Wine Co., works with Katy Michaud — formerly of Covey Run — on this brand that sources much of its grapes from the highly decorated Milbrandt brothers on the Wahluke Slope. That quality shows early on in aromas of dark plum, blackberry and macerated black cherry, with milk chocolate, mocha and crushed walnut. Inside is a rich, luscious and round drink of purple fruit flavors such as Marionberry, huckleberry and red plum. Its medium body and solid structure are capped by sweet spices and red currant. Diversion’s Facebook page includes recipes for creating Red Wine Hot Chocolate, which serves two, and Sangaree. Look for these wines in the Puget Sound area at PCC, Haggen, QFC, Fred Meyer, New Seasons and Cost Plus World Market.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,800 cases

Alcohol: 13.74%

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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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