Keith Kenison, who has enjoyed a 30-year career with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, produces these wines below the northern slopes of the Horse Heaven Hills, and it’s a 100 percent expression of Merlot from the Horse Heaven Hills above. Remarkable layers of Bing cherry, Marionberry jam and toast pick up a stream of Montmorency cherry juice to check the hedonistic entry to the palate, making for a finish that shows a purity of fruit. Suggested pairings include a New York strip, venison or braised lamb, while Ste. Michelle also points out there are 135 calories in a 5-ounce glass.
Rating: Gold medal – 91 points
Production: 503 cases