February 2021 Wine Club Red

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Since planting the first wine grapes in the Horse Heaven Hills back in 1972, the Mercer family has prided itself on growing a solid base of the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal. Over the years, they learned that their rich soil and desert climate are beautifully suited for producing elegant tannin structures and enticing flavor profiles.

The Mercer family has been recognized as champions of Washington wines and were instrumental in getting Horse Heaven Hills certified as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). They have also been recognized for helping other vineyards and wineries get established in the Columbia Valley.

The Mercer Canyon brand is one of their early brands that has now been combined with their Mercer Family Estates brand to become Mercer Wines.

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very approachable wine, with soft tannins and a lot of fruit. The winery’s tasting notes describe this wine: “A warm vintage gave us ripe Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of red cherries and cassis. The voluminous fruit carries through in the mouth. Individual vineyard lots were fermented separately and barrel aged in a combination of French and American oak for up to 12 months. Barrel aging the wine brings hints of warm baking spices and adds depth and complexity. Powdery tannins give structure to the wine, while maintaining an elegant, balanced mouthfeel.”

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