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Northwest Cellars Yakima Valley Merlot 2013

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Purchased from Northwest Cellars Tasting Room, $16

Post about Northwest Cellars Yakima Valley Merlot on Great Northwest Wine


Aaron:  This was a pretty solid bottle; big spoiler alert, the flavor and finish feature watermelon (first for me).  Oaky musk and moss on the nose with damp bark and subtle fruits on the palate.  This wasn’t in-your-face fruity but the berries are there too.  Overall, easy drinking and a little tar on the aftertaste.  89 points

Teri: Merlot was never my go-to varietal until I started to taste Washington Merlots. This Yakima grown merlot carries smells of blackberry and white pepper on the nose with flavors of mixed berry and more pepper on the body. I enjoyed the long mouthfeel and the flavor. It’s not too complex overall but juicy and easy to drink. 88 points 

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Domaine Ste Michelle Brut NV

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Purchased from Costco, $9

Chateau Ste Michelle, $13

Total Wine & More, $11.99

BevMo, $8.99


Aaron: This isn’t anything to write home about on its own but great for mimosas.  The nose and flavor are both a little citrusy but not overwhelming.  Apple, pear, and lemongrass reeds were on most of the taste buds.  88 points

Teri: Light almond nose with crisp flavors of peach and almond. The flavor is long lasting and I enjoy the mouthfeel of the sparkling wine. Nothing too out of the ordinary but very enjoyable; a wonderful value. 89 points

Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Rose 2016

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We purchased this bottle from the Terra Blanca tasting room in Washington.

Terra Blanca Website, $18

Vivino Raiting 


Aaron:  This is great!  The strong red nose of grapefruit and pomegranate makes for a nice summer wine while the mellow, smooth flavor is very refreshing.  It was a bit more tart than I expected, but not super acidic and very full.  I found this to be appealing while still being complex which was unexpected.  91 (94 for a rose) points

Teri: I enjoy rose wines, but hardly purchase them for myself. Every once in a while there is a rose which comes along that is flavorful, easy-drinking, and full enough to makes me what to purchase some to take home. This is one of those bottles. The nose is a light hint of citrus and strawberry but the flavor is extremely full of cherry, watermelon and a hint of herbs at the end. Easy drinking and highly enjoyable. This one could be enjoyed at any time as a stand-alone wine or with food. 91 points

Sun River Vintners Tribute 2010

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Purchased from the D’s Wicked Cider Tasting Room in Kennewick, WA, $20

Sun Rivers Website

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Aaron:  This is a great bottle with blueberries and burnt tobacco.  The super fruity flavor featured cherries and vanilla with lots of red fruits.  This is easy drinking with a smooth finish and all around excellent.  91 points

Teri: When walking into D’s Wicket Cider Tasting Room I had no idea the company made more than just Cider. I was pleasantly surprised by this red blend under their current label “Sun River Vintners.” The nose carries smells of black cherries and raspberries. There are noticeable tannins which are semi-chalky but mostly smooth. The flavor is hearty and full of tobacco, red fruits, leather, and pepper. This bottle would stand up to hearty meals as a beautiful complement. 88 points 

Treveri Blanc de Noir

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Treveri Cellars Website


Aaron:  Red apple and palm trees cloud the nose and this is a little on the tart side but not bitter.  It’s more to say it’s not sweet.  I like that this is an easy-to-drink sparkling which can stand up to food and be enjoyed at any time.  89 points

Teri: Full disclaimer, I’m part of the “bubble club” for Treveri. Everything they make is high quality and a fantastic value (a few of their wines are even served at the White House). Their Blanc de Noir carries a nose of rose petals and raisins with flavors of orange peel, red apple, and floral undertones.  This bottle is excellent on a warm day or to break out for a celebration (even the small ones). Not too sweet and not too dry, the Goldilocks of Brut sparkling wines. 91 points