Appellation: Columbia Valley
The breadbasket that is the Wahluke Slope creates the platform for this rather stylish Merlot from the Milbrandt brothers as it pulls some flesh from Syrah (18%) and bones from Petit Verdot (5%) for structure. Theres toastiness to the aromas, joined by milk chocolate, raspberry and chokecherry. Its flavors are smooth with a long stream of plum, cherries and chocolate, a scrape of vanilla bean and finished by espresso ground tannins.
Rated Outstanding! by Great Northwest Wine.
Production: 9,188 cases
Food pairings: Crack the cap and enjoy paired with Poached Pear in Reduction Sauce, part of Butch Milbrandt's cooking demonstration video series available on the winerys website.
Milbrandt Vineyards is able to ship to consumers throughout the U.S., and the wines are widely distributed.
Milbrandt Vineyards, 508 Cabernet Court, Prosser, 509-788-0033, www.milbrandtvineyards.com.