Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2014 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $19

By on January 2, 2017

Walla Walla winemakers Chad Johnson, Corey Braunel and Griffin Frey team up with the Wahluke Wine Co., for another solid example of Merlot under the sister brand for acclaimed Dusted Valley Vintners. Dark purple tones of blueberry, black cherry and pomegranate are joined by aromatic hints of lavender, brown sugar and chalkboard dust. On the pour, there’s brightness that leads with pomegranate, backed by Montmorency cherry and Craisin skins amid enjoyable tannins and a pleasing finish framed by the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon (9%) and Petit Verdot (3%). Enjoy with robust beef dishes, and like all Dusted Valley wines, this is safeguarded by a screwcap.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,700 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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