Northwest Cellars 2012 Cordon Grove Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, $24

By on April 29, 2015

northwest-cellars-cordon-grove-vineyard-merlot-2012-labelGary Grove’s vineyard in Prosser, Wash., has contributed to some of the top wines from acclaimed Walla Walla Vintners, and here the tandem of Robert Delf and Robert Smasne created four barrels’ worth of meritorious Merlot from the Yakima Valley site. The nose offers hints of dark chocolate, plums, Western serviceberry, mincemeat spice and gravel dust. On the pour is a sizable delivery of blackberry and Damson plum, backed by a bold yet balanced structure of blueberry seed tannins and pomegranate acidity.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 99 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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