Bitner Vineyards 2012 Menopause Merlot, Snake River Valley, $30

By on November 19, 2016

Bitner Vineyards 2012 Menopause Merlot labelOne of the fastest-selling red wines in Idaho each year is Caldwell vintner Mary Bitner’s Menopause Merlot, and this is the fifth release of this rather delicious red with the zany label. The design is created each year by Central Oregon artist Jill Haney-Neal, whose work hangs in Anthony’s Restaurants and gets applied to bottles of Kiona Vineyards’ Vivacious Vicky. Inside this example of Merlot off Bitner Vineyard in the Sunnyslope Wine District are aromas and flavors of black cherries, vanilla and cocoa powder. Thanks to the winemaking of longtime neighbor Greg Koenig, the beveled edges to the tannin structure make this rather easy drinking.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 145 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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  1. Jane Wheatley says:

    We were at your winery in November when you were out of the Menepause Merlot. I am hoping to buy a case to be shipped to my home in Reno please let me know if it is available for me to buy now.

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