Stonecap Merlot




(Columbia Valley, Washington)


On  Bottle/Website:

* rich flavors of red berry, plum and ripe cherry with a note of mocha and spice

* 13.9% alcohol

* Under $10

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, day bright, medium low intensity, purple, pinkish rim variation, medium viscosity

Nose: sound/clean, medium plus intensity, aroma/youthful, red cherry, black cherry, baking spices

Palate: dry, medium bodied, cherry,  spiced, medium tannins, medium plus alcohol, medium plus acidity, medium complexity, medium length

The label of this wine caught my eye!  It is a nice, soft Merlot that is priced very reasonably.

Chateau St. Michelle Merlot

Chateau St. Michelle



(Columbia Valley)


On Bottle:

* Aged 15 months in oak barrels

* Rich aromas & soft flavors

* Black cherry & spice


My notes:

Nose: Vanilla and cherry

After 3 hour decant: Fruity

After 6 hour decant: Vanilla and fruit

Taste: Tannins, vanilla, fruit and oak

This merlot had a fabulous mix of vanilla, fruit and oaky notes.  The tannins were prevalent, but soft. I would definitely drink this wine from Washington state again.  It paired well with the chicken parmesan I was eating for dinner.