2013 Merlot tops Stan The Wine Man's top 40 under $20!
"2013 Whidbey Island Winery Merlot (Yakima Valley, WA)… $17.
Once again this small winery from the south end of Whidbey Island Washington hit a home run with their Merlot. Two years ago, the 2011 made my #1 pick for the year. I am happy to say that I feel this could be just a little better than that version.
Aromas of chocolate and caramel with dark cherries and tobacco underneath. Black plums, cherries and red flowers come through on the palate with a backdrop of tobacco and hints of chocolate. There is a nice spicy edge to this Merlot front to back. Everything is nicely integrated and seamless on the palate showing good structure and complexity. Finishes with notes of plums, cherries and tobacco. White and black pepper notes hang on to the fruit in the long, long finish. This is one of the finest examples of Washington State Merlot that I have tasted and at this price you should grab some before it’s gone."