Centered in the heart of the Columbia Valley and roughly 50 miles north of Red Mountain and the Yakima Valley sits the Wahluke Slope AVA, a yet to be discovered but dynamic winegrowing region that is producing some of the most exciting wines the state of Washington has to offer.
Leading the way is Luke wines, a play off the word ‘Wahluke’ meaning watering hole. It’s a nod to the indigenous folks who have been tending to the land for generations.
The 2019 Luke Merlot reveals the hallmark of great Washington merlot – dark red fruits, rounded tannins, and an opulent, smooth finish. Fresh flavors of plum, cherry, and blackberry dominate the mid palate while earthy flavors of tobacco, cedar, and clove marry the spices of vanilla and mocha to extend the wine’s long lingering finish. This baby is a true BDX blend, comprised of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec.
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92 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
“Weinbau fruit makes up the backbone of this wine. The aromas pull you into the glass, with notes of blue plum, raspberry, vanilla, graphite and coffee. The palate is full feeling, with lush fruit flavors and sneaky structure behind them. There’s a pleasing lick of acidity that ups the interest. It’s a big mouthful of a wine that overdelivers. Decant to see it at its best.”
90 Points, James Suckling
Fresh herbs, grilled plums, blackcurrants and tar on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied with silky tannins. Fresh on the palate, with a core of black fruit and pleasant mineral character. Drink now.