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2015 Mercer Merlot "Horse Heaven Hills"

Mercer 2015 Merlot

Winery: Mercer

Vintage: 2015

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Horse Heaven Hills"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 77% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon & 11% Syrah

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Horse Heaven Hills

State or country: WA

Price: $20

Cases produced: 2,309

KWG Score: 88.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (87)

Review date: April 15, 2018

Wine Review: This brick red colored Merlot from Mercer opens with a ripe black fruit bouquet, including blackberry, black cherry and hints of plum and nice oak. This full-bodied Merlot is fruity with blackberries and is dry with bold tannins and a slightly sweet palate. The bold tannins mellow slightly after an hour or so of decanting. The finish is a dry and black cherry flavors linger with hints of coffee. This Merlot is a big boy and does not possess the low tannins and smooth characteristics one would expect from the varietal. I would pair this Merlot from Horse Heaven Hills with a juicy mushroom cheddar burger. – Joe

Winemaker Notes: Notes of cocoa powder, ripe blueberry and plum mingle with sweet caramel and vanilla. In the palate, the fruit is plum and dark cherry. This wine has a structural core of powdery tannins that are lifted with a touch of acidity. This big, bold Merlot will pair well with many dishes and has amazing aging potential.

Organic status: not organic

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