15 Northwest wines for $15 or less

By on May 24, 2015

Kennedy Shah 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $14

kennedy-shah-merlot-nv-bottleBest Buy! Woodinville winemaker Jean Claude Beck reaches into two Columbia Basin vineyards — Wahluke Slope Vineyard and StoneRidge along the Royal Slope — for an approachable, focused Merlot with mild tannins. It opens with aromas of sweet purple fruit akin to dusty black cherry and black cherry with cocoa. Inside, it’s filled with dark plum and currants, backed by blueberry skin tannins. The finish of Aussie-style black licorice provides plenty of length. This brand is part of The Woodhouse Wine Estates’ Marketplace tier.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 4,800 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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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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