Mercer Estates 2016 Sharp Sisters Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills, $20

By on November 13, 2018

The Mercer family named this Syrah-based blend after Carma Sharp Mercer and her sisters, and it’s among the rambunctious wines from the Jessica Munnell winemaking era. Indeed, there’s some bustiness in the structure from Bordeaux varieties Merlot (37%), Cabernet Sauvignon (11%) and Malbec, but the influence of Syrah runs high. Dense aromas of plum, chai spices and gaminess funnel into ripe and jammy red fruit flavors joined by cinnamon powder, sandy tannins and zesty acidity. Enjoy with a hearty dish, and suggested pairings include Texas-style brisket, pasta with tomato sauce and meat kebabs.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 548 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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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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