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Reviewed Wineries

MERCER ESTATES

Summary: Founded in 2006, Mercer Estates is a joint venture between the Mercer and Hogue families. Located in Prosser, Washington, Mercer’s winemaker is David Forsyth who previously worked at Hogue Cellars.


Wines:

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Name

Notes

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Mercer Estates Merlot Horse Heaven Hills 2005

A good nose with coffee, cherry, root beer and oak. Smooth tannins and a nice mouth feel. 95% Merlot; 5% Syrah.

$24

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Mercer Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills 2005

Coffee, chocolate and spice on the nose. A full mid-palate and decent finish. 75% Cabernet; 25% Merlot.

$24

PONDERA WINERY

Summary: Pondera Winery was one of the pleasant surprises of this event. Located in Kirkland, Washington, Pondera focuses on Bordeaux blends. Their winemaker is Shane Howard.


Wines:

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Name

Notes

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Pondera Winery Sericus 2005

Cola, cherry, and black olive on the nose. Light and lithe with dark chocolate on the taste and a long finish. 60% Merlot; 30% Cabernet; 10% Cab Franc. 47% of Merlot from Sheridan Vineyard.

$30

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Pondera Winery Melvado 2005

Vanilla, spice, and black olive on the nose. A good mid-palate and a long finish. 48% Merlot; 43% Cabernet; 9% Cabernet Franc

$23

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