2013 Mercer Estates Horse Heaven Hills Sharp Sisters Red Blend – 47% Merlot, 41% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Sangiovese, 1% Petit Verdot ~ $21
This blend was named for Carma Sharp -Mercer and her 5 sisters and is supposed to be “fun forward and meant to be enjoyed among family and friends” just like these party gals would have wanted. The winemaker chose to use a combination of French and American oak – the latter known to add more dominant flavors. It met with mixed reviews from our group. For some it was in their top 2 of the night. Others found it to be too oaky. Expect a soft wine with a wide array of fruit – red bramble fruits, plum, cherry, black cherry, and blueberry popping up on the finish. Lots of vanilla from that oak and alcohol that isn’t exactly subtle. Acid keeps it bright.
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Sample. Mercer Estates