Washington Merlot: It’s the soil and a lot more

by | Sep 20, 2015 | Featured wines, News, Washington wine | 0 comments

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2013 The Expedition Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

canoe-ridge-vineyard-the-expedition-merlot-2012-bottleBest Buy! Napa-trained Bill Murray continues his tradition of releasing affordable and approachable wines made under this historic Walla Walla label. Two estate sites in the Horse Heaven Hills — Canoe Ridge Vineyard and recently acquired The Benches — help make for a wine that’s filled with sweet aromas of baked cherry, toffee and chocolaty treats such as Milk Duds and Whoppers. There’s also a sweet, hedonistic angle — thanks in part to the influence of Syrah (9%) — to the drink that’s focused on red cherry, plum and cocoa powder. It’s not an overly complex wine, but it’s quaffable and has a broad appeal.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 10,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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Articles credited to Great Northwest Wine are authored by Eric Degerman and other contributors. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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