Skip to main content

Wine Review - Mercer Estates 2013 Sadie Louise Rose' Horse Heaven Hills @MercerEstates

A Mercer Small Lot Wine, unique and unquestionably hand-made. Produced in small quantities. Hand-crafted and meticulously tended to from the vineyard to the bottle.

This bottle is a tribute to Don and Linda Mercer and all of the many cousins and friends who helped plant the original Mercer Ranch Vineyards back in the early 1970s. Named in honor of Carma Mercer, who was fond of a charming, hand-raised, bell sheep named Sadie Louise. For fifty years, many successor ewes carried on the name. The estate Spice Cabinet Vineyard, located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, provided 100% of the fruit for this wine. This vineyard sits on a southeast slope above the Columbia River.

Mercer Estates Tasting Room in Prosser, Washington.
Wine Bar at Mercer Estates Tasting Room.
*Note: It was my pleasure to visit Mercer Estates Winery during harvest this year. I tasted through many delicious wines and also enjoyed a tour of their winery. It was a thrill to sample unfiltered wine straight from the tank. A first class facility and operation. If you are in the area it is a must visit winery.

Tasting Notes 2013 Sadie Louise Rose' Horse Heaven Hills:

Color: Pale salmon pink.
Nose: Dry minerality, strawberry with orange peel, toasty.
Palate: Lively, strawberry-cream, creamy on the top palate, fresh with slate on the finish. Palate cleanser and very tasty at opening, fruity with a lingering strawberry finish.  Big like.

Thoughts: This wine made me hungry. I craved tacos from a taco wagon. Especially good pairing at dinner with spicy Yakisoba noodles; the noodles, oil, umami quality and heat matched well with this wine. Recommended for spicy Asian dishes and would be fantastic with Thai fusion dishes. Bring on the heat baby. A flexible food wine suitable for an array of foods. Buy if you see it. Recommended.

Vineyard: Spice Cabinet Estate Vineyard
Blend: 89% Grenache, 6% Sangiovese, 3% Mourvedre, 1% Cinsault, 1% Counoise
Closure: Screw Cap
ABV: 13%
Winemaker: Jessica Munnell
Production: 199 cases

Mercer Estates Winery
Winery and Tasting Room Address:
3100 Lee Road
Prosser, WA 99350

Winemaker Jessica Munnell

About the Winemaker

Jessica Munnell holds a Master’s of Science degree from Washington State University, where she studied enology and viticulture. Ms. Munnell began her career as a viticulturist for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in 2000. Working in the Columbia Valley with over 32 growers afforded her a comprehensive understanding of the region’s sub-climates and soils, as well as their influence in the finished wines. In 2003, she worked harvest for Bleasdale Vineyards in South Australia, launching her winemaking career. Upon her return, she worked as Enologist at Prosser’s Snoqualmie Vineyards training under legendary winemaker, Joy Andersen. Munnell’s winemaking skills then took her to Chateau Ste. Michelle as Assistant Winemaker. In 2008, Jessica started the ultra premium winery Wautoma Springs Wines and following that produced wines at Artifex Wine Company, a custom crush facility in Walla Walla. She has been Mercer Estates Winemaker since 2011.

Related Post: Review Mercer Wine Estates 2012 Chardonnay



Popular posts from this blog

My Favorite Recipe | Flourless Chocolate Torte

Satisfying those chocolate cravings. My Instagram followers have seen me post photos ( @wild4wawine ) of my favorite dessert for over a year. Possibly, I've posted the original recipe to Instagram. If you ask, I usually do. After success and failures, I've learned that this dessert does not always deliver desired results. With some effort, I've figured out why, and the remedy. Yes, I've been gently tweaking the recipe. Adjusting ingredients. Modifying and streamlining the process. With mixed results. Confiding with my wife, she gave me a tip that finally nailed this recipe down. I'm happy to share this recipe with modifications. It's truly a lovely dessert. My favorite. Enjoy responsibly. Just out of the oven flourless chocolate torte. Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Torte An easy recipe to follow. You will need an oven, mixer, spring form pan and a double boiler. While you can eat this torte warm, I prefer to let it cool down and refrigerate it

Chateau St. Michelle, Indian Wells, 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Good Wine, Happy Camper Fall is settling on us quite rapidly. Today, our sunny afternoon was framed by ominous dark clouds lurking on the horizon north of us. It‘s unsettling how quickly the cool weather descends on SE Washington. That touch of autumn sunshine put me in the mood for grilling steaks tonight. I‘ll embrace the sun when I can. But, what good is steak without wine? On my way home, I grabbed a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. On a whim, I bought a wine I would not usually purchase; it was priced on sale for less that $15. My expectations were not high for the wine, I was just hoping for something palatable. Chateau St. Michelle Chateau St. Michelle, is a Washington winery - an Eastern and Western Washington winery. The St. Michelle winery and tasting room is located in Woodinville, Washington, just across lake Washington from Seattle. However, this wine is made in Patterson, Washington, from Columbia Valley grapes (Indian Wells series) at their attractive Columbia Crest

The Best Sci-Fi Series You’re Not Watching. But I Am

The Ministry of Time/El Ministerio Del Tiempo History is under threat. Someone is attempting to alter the past. In response, a secret government organization is working to protect the sanctity of time. This group is the Ministry of Time. Agents of the ministry, are able to travel to different times and places via a deep well of stairs located in Madrid, Spain. From these stairs, innumerable doorways branch off to different periods of the past. Agents are recruited from other time periods, they work diligently to protect the history of Spain. And we get to go along for the thrilling ride. I’m changing up things today by recommending my favorite Spanish TV series. I found it accidentally, now I'm hooked. Improving my Spanish language comprehension Among my self-improvement efforts, there are many, one is to enhance my comprehension and speaking abilities of the Spanish language. With a neglected minor in Spanish, I’m embarrassed to have forgotten so much vocabulary and