While cabernet sauvignon is the No. 1 wine grape in Washington, the grape that brought the state to prominence in the past 15 years is merlot – and it’s still going strong.
After looking at soil make ups, and wine specifics, authors Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue continue on to list some of their recently tasted, and enjoyed, merlots! Among those listed is the Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 Reserve Merlot.
“Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 Reserve Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $20: Inviting aromas of blackberry, ripe plum and Van cherry include baking chocolate, cigar tobacco and chalkboard dust. The pour brings a smooth entry of dark plum, red currant, chokecherry and graham cracker with bright acidity and frontal tannins. Its finish offers notes of minerality and milk chocolate. (14.8 percent alcohol)”
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