The Hightowers built their first Merlot back in 2000 when they were still in Woodinville, and now they rely on their estate Out of Line Vineyard for the foundation. Their harvest during the last week in September resulted in a big delivery of blueberry and black cherry as earthiness merely adds to the marvelously managed tannins of Merlot, accounting for a great mouthfeel with juiciness in the finish. It’s worthy noting that their 2017 Merlot achieved Platinum in 2020. (269 cases, 14.7% alc.) Award: Great Northwest Invitational (gold).
Rating: Double Platinum, 97 points
Production: 269 cases