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hogue merlotI’ve been tasting lots of Washington Merlot this week and I’m a believer. And at this price it doesn’t get any better.

Black cherry and pencil shavings with hints of chocolate and herbs on the nose with bold, lush dark chocolate on the palate. The nose is a little reticent but the palate delivers. A medium body and medium length finish with fine grained persistent tannins and some acid kick at the end, this wine punches way above its weight. Fruit-forward but elegant and supple, an excellent food wine but also complex enough for just sipping. Very versatile. The paradigm of what cheap wine should be.

2012 was a great vintage.


Score: 87

Price: $10 but often available for less

Alc:  13.5%