Washington Hills Winery 2018 Merlot, Columbia Valley $9.99

By on April 12, 2022

Best Buy! The first time our panel staged a comparative tasting for a magazine was in 1998. The focus was Merlot, and one of the best was the Washington Hills 1995 Merlot. Twenty-two years later, this Precept brand ranks among the most delicious Merlots, and the price has remained $10. Its fruit-forward nose of blueberry and plum includes a whiff of a coastal breeze. There is much more complexity acquired on the palate, where the superb tannin management offers cherries, dark berries and a slice of red bell pepper. It’s fruity, pleasant and an easy drink.

Rating: Gold medal – 91 points

Production: 2,899 cases

Alcohol by volume: 13.9%

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