Rio Vista Wines 2013 Estate Merlot, Columbia Valley, $32

By on October 11, 2015

Rio Vista Wines Merlot labelNo winery is closer to the Columbia River than John Little’s, and his stunning riverside location near Lake Chelan explains why he can refer to this bottling as the “Winemaker’s Catch.” It’s a cherry-filled drink that opens with alluring aromas of Hawaiian Fruit Punch, orange oil and bergamot as it leads to delicous flavors of Bing cherry and Montmorency cherry. It’s juicy acidity and restrained tannins make it a lighter-styled Merlot, which helped it merit a silver medal at the 2015 North Central Washington Wine Awards.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 160 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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