Apex Cellars 2012 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $30

By on May 25, 2015

Apex Cellars-2012-MerlotBehind the label of Washington’s most overlooked brands is a tradition of strong winemaking, starting with founding winemaker Brian Carter, including Peter Devison (now at EFESTE) and then until recently, Ron Bunnell, formerly head winemaker of Chateau Ste. Michelle. Bunnell’s touch shows early on with beautiful aromas of vanilla extract, black cherry, blueberry, sage, moist earth and chocolate syrup. There’s immediate and long-lasting balance found within the drink of dark plum, Chukar Cherry, plump blueberry and Marionberry. The rich farewell conjures up thoughts of a moist brownie fresh out of the oven.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,020 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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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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