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Review: Maryhill Winery 2010 Winemaker's Red

A gratifying change of pace.

Photo: Maryhill Winery Winemaker's Red, Columbia Valley.

Summer 2012 at my home has favored crisp, well chilled, white wine. After doing a favor for a friend, I was not sure what to think when he handed me a bottle of Maryhill 2010 Winemaker's Red. I said “thank you” of course and stashed the bottle in the kitchen for a week. The other type of wine I've favored this summer is New Zealand Pinot Noir, which is unlike Washington red wine. My palate has not been Washington wine focused this season. Very unusual for me.

I'm happy to share with you that the Maryhill 2010 Winemaker's Red put an ample smile on my face. It was very good and an unexpected treat. Washington State wineries can truly deliver when it comes to quality, price and most importantly, enjoyability. This bottle did not linger. I also like that on the label, they chose to add, "Washington State Red Wine" I believe it is important to have Washington on the label. Surprisingly, we are still educating the world that Washington State is producing premium wines. Thoughts?

Tasting Notes
Color: Dark blackberry.
Nose: Heady aromas of coffee and chocolate wrapped in dark cherry.
Flavor: Coffee, chocolate, cherry, and vanilla, following through to a smooth finish. Dark smoky elements mid-palate kept this wine interesting. Balanced and easy to drink, it had moderate tannin's and appropriate acid. Big like for the price. This red wine blend was very enjoyable over four hours. Recommended.

ABV: 13.6%
Closure: Natural cork.
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc.
Price: Locally $13 - $15.

Named “2009 Washington Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest, Maryhill produces 19 varietals and a total of 27 award-winning wines. The winery welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year, has a 900+ member wine club and their wine is distributed across the U.S.

Maryhill Winery
Tasting Room & Grounds open daily 10-6 pm
(Last Tasting served at 5:30pm)
9774 HWY 14
Goldendale, WA 98620      

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Maryhill Winemakers 2010 Red Reviewed by William Pollard on . Gratifying Washington red wine! Balanced and easy to drink, the 2010 Maryhill Winemakers Red had moderate tannin's and appropriate acid. Big like for the price. Recommended.

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