Yakima Valley Vintners 2016 Austin Sharpe Vineyard Dean’s List Merlot, Columbia Valley $30.00

By on April 12, 2022

The next generation of the storied Mercer family in the Horse Heaven HIlls grew the grapes for another delicious effort by Yakima Valley College students, who have produced nine Platinum Awards in the school’s history. Undoubtedly this is a hit in the college’s new tasting room in Yakima because it’s loaded with cherries and chocolate within a quaffable structure. A hint of herbaceousness adds a nice touch of complexity, and the finish of cassis brings lingering brightness.

Rating: Gold medal – 94 points

Production: 63 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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