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Mercer Estates 2016 Sharp Sisters Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills, $20
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.
Production: 548 cases