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Bordeaux’s star grape varieties, Merlot and
Cabernet Sauvignon, thrive in Washington
state, as this polished blend demonstrates.
What You Need To Know
Mercer Estates is an up-and-coming
winery from two old Washington state families: the Mercers, who
have farmed land in the Columbia Valley for more than a century,
and the Hogues, who founded the incredibly successful Hogue
Cellars wine label in 1982. After he and his brother sold Hogue
Cellars in 2001, Mike Hogue plunged back into the wine business
in 2007 with his old friends the Mercers, plus daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Ron Harle. Now they’re turning out wines
from sites in top regions such as Wahluke Slope—the source of
most of the grapes for this Bordeaux-inspired red—and Horse
Black fruit, clove and
sweet smoke scents.
Bold and fruity, with
blackberry and herb notes.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Earthy red meat dishes.