Sagelands Vineyard 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $10

By on November 6, 2015

sagelands-vineyard-merlot-2013-bottleBest Buy! Walla Walla winemaker Mike Prout, a product of the Walla Walla Community College wine program, served a decade in the Air Force. One assignment led him to Afghanistan where he was stationed with the Italian army, and his association with them inspired his interest in wine. This 2013 vintage marked his first with Precept, who put him in charge of its Sagelands division, and the recent releases from that brand deserve promotion. This Merlot from estate sites such as Canyon Vineyard Ranch and The Benches offers a mellow nose of milk chocolate, ripe red plum, black cherry and Assam tea. There’s a pleasant and rich approach to the palate, which brings luscious Bing cherry and black currant flavors, backed by moderate tannins and Marionberry acidity. Its balance will make you want to re-up.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 5,450 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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