Wine Reviews Week of July 4th

Curious what I’ve been drinking over the holiday week?

Mercer Estate Wines
I have a strong liking for Washington State Wines so I was excited to receive these samples. The Horse Heaven Hills 2012 (Merlot dominated) Bordeaux Blend is really delicious, the Horse Heaven Hills 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon rock solid, the 2014 Chardonnay refined with a blend of new and old Burgundian French oak, and the 2012 Rhone Blend called “Ode to Brothers” from Horse Heaven Hills has a majority of Syrah (41%) with Grenache (31) and Mourvedre. It’s aged in barrel for 26 months.

Liberty School 2014 Merlot
Nice deep opaque color, bright blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors. Two months in 50% French oak.

2013 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon
Individually harvested and fermented vineyard lots, 10% new French oak maceration, 18 months maturation.

2011 Domaine du Theron Cuvee Prestige Malbec from Cahors
100% Malbec from Cahors. This is the reserve wine called Cuvee Prestige. It is made by a small estate producer founded in the mid 70’s. This wine has a unique style and is a bit softer and more accessible that the traditional Malbec from this area. This means it brings immediate drinking pleasure to the consumer without the need for 5 extra years of bottle aging and softening.

2014 Treana Blanc
This is a debut vintage with the blend consisting of Marsanne (45%) Viognier (45%) and Roussanne (10%). 80% of the blend was barrel fermented for 13 months. Intense mineral flavors and lively acidity.

2014 Treana Red
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah. Aged 18 months in a mix of 50% new oak (87% French, 13% American). Fresh concentrated intense red fruit flavors and a lengthy finish.

Little Black Dress
Value for the price wine, nicely balanced, with enticing label and great story. Comes in many varieties yet I received the Cabernet and Chardonnay samples.

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