14 Hands Merlot 2012 – Columbia Valley

14 Hands Merlot14 Hands Winery in Columbia Valley makes a great Merlot, perfect for taking to a friends when you aren’t sure what to bring along. The 2012 Merlot is a middle of the ground wine that is great alone or paired with a variety of meals. It is a go to for me when I want to bring along a bottle of wine to a friend’s house but I am unsure of their wine preferences.

The Merlot isn’t too heavy or dry. It can be enjoyed by those who prefer light whites or those who prefer a heavy red. With it’s middle of the road intensity and flavor, wine drinkers of all sorts will be pleased. Now do not under estimate this wine. It may be middle of the road but it is in no way bland or lacking in excitement.

On my palette, 14 Hands Merlot is just the right amount of sweet cherry flavors with a twist of stoney earth offsetting to balance. I have paired this wine with everything from chicken fajitas to pasta in marinara to grilled steak and on occasion I’ve had it for the main course! My favorite part about this wine is that I can share it with others, even those who do not prefer a red, and every time it is a winner. Pair that consistent winning with the ability to find a bottle easily and at a more than reasonable price…how can you not love it?!

Give it a try and come back to share your thoughts!

About The Winery

The inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. These small horses, measuring a scant fourteen hands high – a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width, approximately four inches – would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the Columbia River and graze along the riverbank and then retreat back to the hills at night. Strong and tenacious, these little horses became known for their endurance and wild spirit. This unique and beautiful landscape gave these unbridled horses their spirit and tenacity that now feeds our vines. With loamy–sand and gravel soils, these hills require a strong and determined grapevine resulting in big, bold, juicy red wines and crisp, fruit-forward white wines.


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