Washington Merlot a love affair

By on February 1, 2015

Carl’s Pond Winery 2011 Merlot, Yakima Valley, $16

carls-pond-winery-merlot-2011-bottleCo-winemaker Gary Sleeger married into the family of Carl Tweiten, an Alaskan miner in the 1930s who went on to develop a nursery and pond in Gig Harbor, Wash. He and Frank Reale create their wines on the Kitsap Peninsula, but their fruit comes from the Yakima Valley, in this case, Grove Vineyard near Prosser. Aromas and flavors of plum, blueberry and blackberry gather up hints of coconut, anise and lavender amid a medium structure that leads with cranberry acidity rather than tannin.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 126 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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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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