San Juan Vineyards 2011 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $19

By on February 15, 2015

San Juan Vineyards-Merlot-Horse Heaven Hills-2011-LabelIsland winemaker Chris Primus has established a trusted friendship with growers in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills to provide him with the fruit he needs to build his red wine program. His Merlot from a cool vintage gave him the foundation for aromas and flavors of raspberries draped in dark chocolate, cherry taffy, orange peel, pipe tobacco. A sturdy structure with frontal tannins and blueberry acidity makes for a juicy finish that will reward a hearty stew or well-marbled steak.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 261 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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