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    A Wallet-Friendly Wine2012 VintageThe Washington PostDave McIntyreJanuary 9, 2015

    Don’t this Merlot, and don’t forget Washington as a source of high-quality, high-value wines. This is a seductive little charmer, especially impressive for the price.


    88 Points2012 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanMay 31, 2014

    Vibrant and spicy, with ripe currant at the core and hints of red pepper, fresh leather and spice around the edges, lingering against moderate tannins.


    88 Points2012 VintageThe Tasting PanelAnthony Dias BlueDecember 1, 2013

    "Lush and smooth with ripe, generous plum fruit and juicy acidity; crisp, balanced and long."


    Best Value Merlot2011 VintageSnooth.comGregory Dal PazOctober 31, 2013

    "Soft and broad in the mouth with nice transparency to the black fruit on the palate. There’s a faint suggestion of black raspberry sweetness to the fruit which is washed away on the mid palate by slightly creamy chocolate and carob notes and a soft wash of herbaceousness. No real tannins to speak of, this is smooth and easy drinking, yet delivers a little complexity along with nicely bright fruit and shows a little licorice and a hint of minerality on the moderately long finish." - GDP

     


    Top 500 Value Wines Under $202007 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanSeptember 10, 2009
    Best Value, Spectator Selection2007 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanJune 30, 2009
    Best Buy 2007 VintageWine EnthusiastPaul GreguttJune 1, 2009
    #1 Value Red2007 VintageNBC Leslie SbroccoDecember 30, 2008

    "I just LOVE Merlot from Washington," exclaimed wine author Leslie Sbrocco who recommended Washington Hills 2007 Merlot on NBC's "TODAY" Show to 6.6 million viewers as the #1 VALUE RED WINE for the new year's celebration!


    Top Value 2006 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanJuly 31, 2008
    Excellent Value2005 VintageNorthwest PalateFebruary 1, 2008
    Recomended - Raising A Glass to 20072006 VintageEpicurious.comLeslie Sbrocco December 18, 2007"Party on with this smooth, supple red. It's elegant packaging and high quality belies the bargain price." - Leslie Sbrocco
    Pick of the Week2005 VintageThe Seattle TimesPaul Gregutt October 31, 2007
    Best Buy2014 VintageWine EnthusiastNovember 30, -0001

    tasting notes

    This rich, ripe Merlot opens with aromas of red cherry and vanilla bean followed by flavors of plum, blood orange zest, and fig. Perfumed floral notes persist throughout the long, smooth finish.

    winemaking notes

    • Vintage: 2016
    • Varietal Blend: 89% Merlot, 11% Syrah
    • Harvest Date: September - October 2016
    • Aging: 7 Months, 100% French Oak Blocks, 20% New Barrel Equivalent
    • pH: 3.83
    • TA: 4.92
    • Alcohol: 13.6%