• Merlot



    Best BuyWine Enthusiast & Wine SpectatorDecember 31, 2016
    Best Buy2014 VintageWine EnthusiastDecember 31, 2016
    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

    tasting notes

    This fresh and focused Merlot opens with aromas of ripe, red cherry followed by flavors of black currant and blue berry. Hints of cinnamon notes persist through the refined, silky finish. 

    winemaking notes

    • Vintage: 2017
    • Appellation: Columbia Valley 
    • Grape Source: Walllula, Willow Crest Farms, Alder Ridge Vineyard
    • Varietal Blend: 98% Merlot, 2% Syrah
    • Aging: 12 months in Steel Tank
    • Harvest Date: Sept. 25 - Nov. 15, 2017
    • pH: 3.87
    • TA: 5.03 g/l
    • Alcohol: 13.42%