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Our 2012 Merlot was featured in Great Northwest Wines! Read the transcript below.

Seattle Seahawks fans can order bottles of this Merlot that pays tribute to the Twelves, and it’s a wine worthy of serving on Saturday night, even though it’s priced for Tuesday night. Kirkland, Wash., vintner Robert Delf and his winemaker, Robert Smasne, continue to rack up gold medals for their collaborations, just as this fruit-forward Merlot did at the 2014 American Wine Society national competition. That group of judges in North Carolina no doubt found tones of sweet Marionberry, President plum and cherry pipe tobacco before admiring its pleasing acidity and well-balanced tannins. It’s reminiscent of hiking in a forest and gathering mountain berries, and the finish is both expressive and lengthy.

Rating: Outstanding!


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By on February 3, 2014

Robert Smasne of Smasne Cellars, the 2013 Washington Winery of the Year as chosen by Wine Press Northwest, crafts these wines with Kirkland vintner Bob Delf, and their collaboration on this white Rhone blend of Roussanne (55%) from Alder Ridge and Viognier off Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain produces an enjoyable harmony. There’s a theme of pear and apple butter, buttered toast, honey and banana cream pie. The flavors continue to sing with apple and pear notes as part of a rich mouth feel, finished by a hint of toast and cinnamon. This vintage sold out at the winery within four months of release, but the 2013 should be available this spring.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 220 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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