Reininger Winery 2011 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $43

By on July 11, 2015

Reininger Winery-2011-MerlotChuck Reininger, among those who pioneered winemaking at the Walla Walla Regional Airport, pulls from Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyards for this easy-drinking Merlot. It’s light on the oak with just 5% percent new wood, which allows for enjoyment of tones hinting at bacon jam, plum sauce, red currant, dark cherry and turmeric. There’s a dustiness to the Earl Grey tea tannins and cranberry acidity that lingers through the bright finish.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 387 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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