Henry Earl Estates 2015 Merlot, Red Mountain, $38
Decorated vineyard manager Marshall Edwards, this year’s Honorary Grower for the Auction of Washington Wines, lords over Shaw and Obelisco vineyards on the upper reach of Red Mountain for Dick and Wendy Shaw. Both sites went into this Merlot from the warmest vintage on record. It’s loaded with black cherry, plum and chocolaty notes as nicely managed tannins and blueberry acidity combine for a finish that’s youthful and juicy.
Production: 142 cases