I know there are a lot of derogatory things said about Merlot, but frankly I don’t give a damn.  Merlot after all is one of the primary grapes of Bordeaux, you know think Petrus.

Gordon Brothers estate is located in Columbia Valley.  It is Washington states oldest AVA.  Known mainly for Chardonnay it is becoming more and more known for Cabernet and Merlot.  Merlot being the more flexible it has become the second most planted after Chard, with Riesling starting to get a foothold.  Gordon brothers Estate was founded by brothers Jeff and Bill Gordon  in 1980.  This boutique winery has a reputation for producing some of the finest wines coming from Washington.

Today is all about Merlot.  The wine is aged in French and American oak.   When you open the bottle the aroma of violets and roses erupt.  The silky smooth juice coats your mouth with the tantalizing flavors.  Black Cherry, Plum, spices that remind me of the Holidays.  The tannins are smooth- elegant.  The finish is long and filled with fruit.  A completely beautiful wine.  Treat yourself to this wonderful experience.




The Yakima Valley is a Washington State AVA established in 1983. The AVA has become known as a place for high quality intense wines.   The first harvest for Sheridan Vineyards was in 2000 under the guidance of owner and winemaker Scott Greer.  He produces some very very fine cabernets, blends and my favorite the merlot, Sheridan Mystique.

The 2014 is exceptional.  Right off the bat, when you open the bottle the pent up frustrations of aromas that have been bottled up far too long,  currants, cherry and incense  explode into the room and wrap you head in nirvana.

If your mouth is not already watering… then I am sorry you are not felling well.

Once the juice hits your mouth your body will automatically relax, you exhale and a smile will slowly cross your lips. Your troubles have disappeared, your mind and soul is trying to make sense of all the flavors going through it.  The intense full-bodied wine is giving you everything it has.  Cinnamon and spice come next with soft and elegant tannins pushing through.  A long long finish repeating all again and again.

Kudos Scott you have produced a superb wine.