Dead Canyon Red Blend 17
For most folks, wines from Washington State tend to fly under the radar. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay get the most attention; however, some excellent red and white blends come from the region.
Like the Cabernet I recently featured, fruit for the Dead Canyon Red Blend is sourced entirely from the Mercer Family's "Estate Vineyards" in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The warm days and cool nights of late summer and the family's relentless attention to crop levels result in a beautifully balanced blend that features perfect ripeness with both power and brightness.
In the glass, this velvety blend of 50% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, and 2% Mourvedre opens with aromas of mocha, black and red berry compote combine with hints of baking spice and subtle smoky oak spice framing the plush fruit.
The gorgeous red and blue fruit notes on the middle palate are framed by plum, blueberry jam, vanilla, and gentle oak spice, all nicely lingering through the lengthy finish. The palate is super silky, with perfectly ripe, soft tannins, making this smooth Blend equally suitable for casual sipping or pairing with your favorite foods from the grill.