Washington State Merlot. Throughout my career in wine, I have been an advocate of Merlot from this state. I believe that it rivals Merlot from Bordeaux and Italy (I know, a lot of people don’t realize that Italy makes great Merlot), two places where it shines. The cool thing about Washington Merlot is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a good one. My pick for February is proof of that.

2018 Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Merlot (Red Mountain, WA)… $17.

Terra Blanca is my 2021 “Winery Of The Year” and it’s a wine like this that put them on my radar. This Merlot comes from one of my favorite appellations in Washington State and, from a great vintage.

Aromas of licorice, currants, chocolate, cinnamon and a potpourri of baking spices. Dark cherries and currants on the palate with a backbone of chalky minerality and hints of plum. Smooth, structured tannins and balanced acidity. Notes of licorice and chocolate join the palate party into a mouth-watering, long finish where there is a hint of candied orange. This baby is ready to drink now and over-delivers for the price. A great food wine, think grilled meats, but certainly enjoyable all by itself. (A)


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I am a blue collar wine guy who has been in the biz for over twenty years. I work at a store in a tourist destination stop. I work hard at finding the best wine for the money. I love the challenge of learning my customer's palate so I can find the best wine for them, whether it is Petrus or white zinfandel. Cheers!
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