Browne Family Vineyards 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $48

By on April 4, 2020

John Freeman worked with a pair of Yakima Valley sites, Willard and Blackrock, along with Mirage Vineyard, a parcel near the Hanford Reach that helped Balboa Winery in the Walla Walla Valley achieve claim for its work with Merlot. Freeman uses a barrel of nearly 50% new French oak to help build a theme of dusty Rainier cherry and Red Vines licorice, accented with hints of tar and anise. Gorgeously suave tannins, not often used to describe Washington Merlot these days, allow for a delicious finish of cherry candy. Suggested pairings include braised lamb shanks, marbled beef or lamb stew.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 268 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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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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