Mercer Bros. 2017 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills $20

By on May 4, 2020
mercer bros merlot 2017 bottle - Mercer Bros. 2017 Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills $20

Jeremy Santo returned home to Prosser, Wash., and took over the winemaking for the 2017 vintage — just in time to help launch this stylish brand for brothers Rob and Will Mercer. Merlot from Zephyr Ridge and Dead Canyon Vineyard near famed Champoux Vineyard gets a heady boost of Syrah (14%) off Spice Cabinet Vineyard near Crow Butte Park along the Columbia River. The 20 months in 25% new barrels – a blend of French and American – yields aromas of toast and Bing cherry with ground savory, cola and iron shavings. Sweet cherries set the tone for a delicious theme that’s framed by managed tannins and capped by Marionberry juice in a beveled fashion.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 946 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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