Merlot retains star power in Washington wine country

By on March 5, 2018

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards 2014 Single Vineyard Eagle Foothills District Merlot, Snake River Valley $40

The Cunningham family established their vineyard as one of the highest elevation sites in Idaho and along the edge of the Snake River Valley, so Mother Nature sometimes thins their crop for them. A mere three barrels of Merlot made it into this prized bottling by their winemaker, Greg Koenig, and he turned it into the top Merlot at the 2017 Idaho Wine Competition. Dark purple fruit and toast include black currant skin tannins and blueberry acidity for a pretty finish. Gary Cunningham’s sales acumen and shoe leather have made these wines also available in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 76 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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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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