Reininger 2011 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $43

By on January 28, 2016

Reininger Winery-2011-MerlotFolks in the Walla Walla Valley take considerable pride in their work with Merlot, and Chuck Reininger remains among those who celebrate this Bordeaux grape. His investment starts with famed Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyards, and continues with the selection of sweet French and American oak. The combination creates a mood of Graham Cracker crust, toast and mocha backed by black cherry and black currant. Its structure is dark, earthy fruity and chocolaty with refined tannins that lead to a suave finish. We first evaluated this wine in spring 2015, and it continues to evolve. It earned a silver medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 387 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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