29. Mercer Estates 2012 Reserve Cavalie Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $42
Washington State University grad Jessica Munnell’s first crush with the historic Mercer family continues to yield impressive results across the spectrum, including this Meritage-style approach from the stellar 2012 vintage. Her debut assemblage of Merlot (52%), Cabernet Sauvignon (27%) Malbec (17%) and Petit Verdot from Big Tee Pee Vineyard and Zephyr Ridge yields intense tones of fresh-roasted coffee and rich cherry notes, backed by a plummy structure that builds with blueberry skin tannins, raspberry juice and chocolate-covered pomegranate. It’s a big wine built to last, yet it’s already showing beautifully.
Production: 90 cases