About This Wine
If all you know about Washington is Seattle, it may be difficult to envision the state as “wine country.”
But east of Seattle, past the Cascade range and across the mighty Columbia River, one encounters an unexpected “wineland” where Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon reign supreme. This is the Columbia Valley, formed by Ice Age floods and ancient volcanoes, with a climate that’s absolutely ideal for growing world-class winegrapes.
In the Columbia Valley, the wide temperature spread between day and night provides crisp acids in the grapes, a quality leading to beautifully balanced wines. Greater fruit intensity results from the region receiving two hours more of sunshine daily than California’s wine regions.
Whispering Tree sources its grapes from this very special valley, and as you would expect, the resulting wines are stunning. Take the 2007 Merlot as an example. It offers plenty of fruit flavor, joined by impressions of toasty oak, nuts and milk chocolate — a wonderful wine from an unexpected source.
Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.
- Grape Composition:100% Merlot
- Grape Source:Washington’s Columbia Valley Growing Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Red Cherry, Toasty Oak, Nuts, Blackberry and a Hint of Milk Chocolate
- When to Drink:Now Through 2012
- Food Pairing Suggestiongrilled hamburgers, or mushroom-barley soup.
14 recipes match for this wine.
Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The RecipeCabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe