Boomtown by Dusted Valley 2018 Merlot, Washington State, $19

By on September 9, 2021

This second label from Dusted Valley Vintners continues to provide first-rate value as the relationship with young McNary Vineyard in Washington’s famed Horse Heaven Hills, award-winning grower Tom Merkle and Four Feathers Wine Estatees in Prosser deepens. After a wood program of 20% new French oak, Wisconsin brothers-in-law Corey Braunel and Chad Johnson arrived at a blend of Merlot (90%), Syrah (5%), Cabernet Sauvignon (3%) and Malbec. Their juice comes out gushing with notes of sweet blue fruit, vanilla bean and lavendar. There’s delicious depth, richness and rewarding acidity from Marionberry. Heck, there’s even a hint of Horse Heaven Hills sage in the finish.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,397 cases

Alcohol 14.2%

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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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