Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2016 Merlot, Red Mountain, $25

By on May 3, 2019

One of Washington’s pioneer producers of Merlot, the Williams family produced this stellar Merlot from its Kiona Estate Vineyard and nearby Heart of the Hill Vineyard. The result sets the bar for what more Merlot should be. On the nose, it promises spice, herbs and sweet blackberries, then delivers in the mouth with blackberries up front, joined by blueberries toward the back, spice, sweet tannins and a touch of black pepper. This captured a double gold medal at the 2019 Cascadia International Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,630 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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