Wine Tasting 4-7 Celebrating Veterans Day

Rob Mercer, Iraq War Veteran
What: Mercer Estates
Where: Prosser, Washington, Yakima Valley AVA and Horse Heaven Hills AVA

Mercer Canyon Riesling
Fresh fruits such as white peach, tangerine and lychee greet you on the nose, coupled with aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossom. The lush juiciness of the fruit on the palate is nicely balanced by bright acidity, framing the wine and providing structure. A slight effervescence lifts the fruit and adds to the roundness in the mouth. Notes of stone fruits and honey linger on the finish.

Mercer Canyon Chardonnay
Notes of vanilla cream sickle, juicy pear, and pineapple greet you on the nose. The voluminous fruit continues in the mouth with flavors of sweet pineapple juice and fresh pear with a drizzle of butter. The lush fruit is balanced by clean, bright acidity that leads into a long, lingering finish. Grapes from this Chardonnay come from the Columbia Valley, Horse Heaven Hills and Yakima Valley.

Mercer Canyon Red Blend
Individual vineyard lots of Merlot and Syrah were fermented separately and barrel aged in a combination of French and American oak for up to 12 months. The resulting Red Blend is bursting with ripe black cherry and plum, with hints of caramel, coffee and smoke. A balance of plush fruit and powdery tannins in the mid-palate leads into a long lingering finish with notes of cherry and spice.

Mercer Canyon Cabernet
A warm vintage gave us ripe Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of red cherries and cassis. The voluminous fruit carries through in the mouth. Individual vineyard lots were fermented separately and barrel aged in a combination of French and American oak for up to 12 months. Barrel aging the wine brings hints of warm baking spices and adds depth and complexity. Powdery tannins give structure to the wine, while maintaining an elegant, balanced mouthfeel.