Stemilt Creek Winery 2010 Caring Passions Estate Merlot, Columbia Valley, $17
Jan Mathison has established an excellent tradition with this tribute to her late father-in-law, TK, who started growing his Wenatchee Valley orchard into a multinational business shortly after World War II. The wine is packed with dark blue fruit, vanilla, clove and cocoa powder. There’s a medium structure to the dense drink of black cherry and plum, featuring a pleasing tannins and late blueberry acidity.
Production: 367 cases