Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Maryhill 2007 Winemaker's Red Columbia Valley

Bookmark and Share  This nice everyday red from Washington State is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. It's got quite a bit of flavor for about $14.

Maryhill Winery is located in the scenic Columbia River Gorge with its grapes grown at one of the state's most established and oldest vineyard sites. The winery opened in 2001and is the 15th largest in the state (out of 600). The winery produces about 80,000 cases a year and has a 3,000 square foot tasting room and a 4,000 seat amphitheater for concerts. It was named winery of the year in 2009 and consistently produces award-winning wines.

Like similar efforts from other wineries, the exact blend varies from year to year. This wine has a nice bouquet of dark fruit and garners a smooth texture from the Merlot. The Syrah and Cab Franc keep things interesting with a dash of earthiness and spice. It has light tannins to hold it all together and a medium finish that can linger.

For the price, this is a satisfying wine on several levels. The wine unwinds nicely, revealing different flavor components. 
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