Mercer Estates 2012 Reserve Ode to Brothers, Horse Heaven Hills, $40

By on November 30, 2015

mercer-estates-reserve-ode-to-brothers-2012-bottleChampoux Vineyard, perhaps the most famous site in Washington state, and one of the most exciting — the Mercer family’s own Spice Cabinet — combine for this Rhône-style blend of Grenache (31%), Syrah (41%) and Mourvèdre. After 26 months in barrel, it exudes aromas of black licorice, roasted coffee, blackberry compote and cherry jam with a mill turn of green peppercorns and whiff of menthol. Inside, it’s a massive wine with penetrating flavors of pomegranate and blueberry, backed by Earl Grey tea, currant and smoky oak.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 172 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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