Appellation: Columbia Valley
This vineyard near The Dalles, Ore., has proven to be a source of gold medals for Syrah in the hands of longtime Columbia Gorge winemaker John Haw, and he’s got another winner with his Merlot for this Wishram, Wash., winery. Aromas include dusty red currant, ripe raspberry, blueberry, cherry tomato and cocoa powder. Those lead into a rich, bright and plush entry of black currant and black cherry with managed tannins and raspberry acidity. Notes of dried cherry and Craisin make for a lengthy finish. Rated "Outstanding" by Great Northwest Wine. (13.7 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 230
Food pairings: Enjoy this suave red wine with grilled flank steak, portobello mushrooms or spaghetti and meatballs.
3 Avery Road, Wishram, Wash., 541-645-0462, www.jacobwilliamswinery.com