Merlot retains star power in Washington wine country

By on March 5, 2018

Cloudlift Cellars 2014 Panorama Merlot, Columbia Valley, $26

In recent vintages, Tom Stangeland began to focus his Panorama project on Merlot, and his continued relationship with Elephant Mountain and Arianses allows him to take this to the next level. Ripe and alluring aromas of black cherry and blackberry include coffee and chocolate. Inside, it’s lighter and more hedonistic than many expressions of Merlot from Washington as those dark purple fruit tones come aross in layers of complexity, finishing with plum skin tannins, raspberry acidity and mocha. This marks the second straight vintage that this Seattle vintner has earned our top rating for his work with Merlot.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 167 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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