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Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2014 Reserve Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $22
Block 12 within of the Washington wine industry’s southernmost vineyards offers sweeping views of the Columbia River downstream from McNary Dam, and this bottling of Merlot is emblematic of the grape in the state – a solid core of fruit within a muscular structure. Black cherry, Craisins and elderberry come with the remarkable touch of minerality found incredibly often in wines from the Horse Heaven Hills. Pomegranate acidity ensures the the fruit stays just ahead of the firm tannins, setting the table for pork ribs or prime rib. And Seattle-based Precept Wine has increased the production of the CRV reserve Merlot by nearly 49 percent from the 2012 vintage.
Production: 7,000 cases