Woodward Canyon Winery 2013 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $44

By on January 27, 2016

woodward-canyon-winery-merlot-2013-bottleLongtime winemaker Kevin Mott relies on venerable Weinbau Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope for the foundation of this Merlot, with Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard contributing 15 percent of the final assemblage. (The 2012 vintage led to a 50/50 split). As much buzz as Cabernet Sauvignon generates for Woodward Canyon, this Merlot is a classic beauty, redolent of black cherry, cola, toast and mocha with delicious baking spice accents. Sweet tannins and a good layering of acidity combine for a balanced, cellar-worthy structure.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 503 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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