Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2013 Merlot, Washington/Idaho, $25

By on September 21, 2015

Clearwater Canyon Cellars-2013-MerlotWhen established, Karl and Coco Umiker will be able to reference the Lewis-Clark Valley as the American Viticultural Area on the label of their Merlot. For this vintage, it’s a 51 percent blend of Rock ’n J Vineyard and Arnett Vineyard on the Washington state of the Lewis-Clark Valley with 49 percent from Umiker Vineyard in Lewiston. Pleasing aromas of Benton cherry, red plum and Red Vines licorice pick up light tobacco and crushed walnut. The drink carries a smooth entry of flavors that match the nose, joined by black currant and chocolate that make for an easy drink with a long and juicy finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 148 cases

Alcohol: 14.7%

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