Dumas Station Wines 2013 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $32

dumas-station-wines-merlot-2013-labelThis bottling marks a first for Walla Walla Valley grower/winemaker Jay DeWitt and Dumas Station – a full-on, 100 percent Merlot – and the results from Birch Creek Vineyard and Minnick Hills Vineyard are superb. His program of 40% new oak creates aromas reminiscent of black raspberry jam, black cherry juice, dark chocolate and molasses, backed by a pinch of grilling spices. On the attack, the profile is one of black cherry and blackberry with approachable fine-grained tannins. The back end of shaved dark chocolate and red currant acidity makes for a remarkable and lengthy finish. It’s available at New Seasons Market, Whole Foods, small wine shops, the historic Dayton tasting room and online.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 250 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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