Dusted Valley Vintners in Walla Walla began collaborating with Wahluke Wine Co. in 2006, and this mellow Merlot ranks among their best efforts. Its expressive nose includes dark aromas of dusty black cherry, black licorice, raspberry, Craisins and pipe tobacco. The entry is downright yummy with plush boysenberry and more ripe raspberries. Its pleasing structure includes vanilla, smoke and dried herbs. Rated Outstanding by Great Northwest Wine.
Cases produced: 750.
Food matches: Pepperoni pizza, burgers, grilled steaks all pair well with this tasty red wine.
Dusted Valley Vintners, 1248 Old Milton Highway, Walla Walla, 509-525-1337, www.dustedvalley.com.
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