Canadian native Sean Hails has made more wine than most as a result of his years of work in California on behalf of Gallo. His latest release of Merlot for the Woodinville showpiece also ranks as one of the largest in Washington. It hints at dark currants and cherries in the aromas with lavender, jasmine and smoked meats – perhaps a sign of the Syrah (11%). There’s a match on the palate with dusty tannins and Montmorency cherry in the finish. Its lower profile of alcohol, despite the hot 2013 vintage, helps set the table for suggested pairings with tenderloin medallions in a huckleberry glaze, roasted chicken or cannelloni with Italian sausage.
Production: 47,000 cases
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