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2016 Knoll Haven Winery Wahluke Slope, Washington Merlot

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This richly textured wine offers impressions of black cherry, blackberry and bittersweet chocolate.

Varietal: Merlot Vintage: 2016
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About This Wine

Wahluke Slope may be the best wine region you’ve never heard of.

Named after a Native American word for “watering place,” it lies in south-central Washington. The area is geographically isolated, bordered by the Columbia River, Saddle Mountains and Hanford Reach National Monument.

Its major distinguishing feature is its uniformity in aspect, soil type and climate. The entire appellation lies on a broad, south-facing slope with a constant, gentle grade of less than 8%. Vineyards in the area already have crafted wines that have garnered high accolades. Wine Enthusiast awarded a 100-point rating to a wine from the region, and Wine Spectator named a wine made from Wahluke Slope fruit its Wine of the Year in 2009.

The 2016 Knoll Haven Winery Merlot is a benchmark example of Wahluke Slope wine. Richly textured, fruitful and finishing with an impression of bittersweet chocolate, it’s destined for multiple slots on your wine rack.

About Merlot

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.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:Merlot
  • Grape Source:Wahluke Slope in Columbia Valley Region of Washington
  • Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Blackberry and Bittersweet Chocolate
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2021
  • Food Pairing Suggestion:beef tenderloin with sake-mirin butter, potato gratin and Swiss chard greens.

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3.6/ 5.0
Rating: 3.5

81 Ratings


    • Rating: 3.5

    This was smooth, however, I may not have paired in well with the meal.

    7/20/2018 Tom W.
    • Bellevue, NE
    • Rater Rank 265
    • Number of Ratings 6
    • Average 2.9
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    this is what I want ALL the time. Terrific.

    6/15/2018 Robert L.
    • Sewell, NJ
    • Rater Rank 244
    • Number of Ratings 7
    • Average 4.1
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    merlots are very flavorable

    4/18/2018 Charlene S.
    • Temecula, CA
    • Rater Rank 7
    • Number of Ratings 74
    • Average 4.8
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Good wine

    4/13/2018 Guillermo U.
    • Doral, FL
    • Rater Rank 178
    • Number of Ratings 9
    • Average 3.2
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Good. I would buy this wine again.

    4/03/2018 Aino W.
    • Eugene, OR
    • Rater Rank 648
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 1.5
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5


    3/03/2018 Leonard C.
    • Montrose, CO
    • Rater Rank 1,093
    • Number of Ratings 1
    • Average 4.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Cherry vanilla flavors

    2/19/2018 Steven K.
    • Englewood, CO
    • Rater Rank 100
    • Number of Ratings 15
    • Average 4.1
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Very smooth drinking wine goes well with wild game also I did order more!

    1/23/2018 Susan P.
    • Henagar, AL
    • Rater Rank 635
    • Number of Ratings 5
    • Average 4.4
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    chocolate fruity smooth

    12/22/2017 Victoria F.
    • La Grange, KY
    • Rater Rank 996
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 4.5
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Berries and chocolate. Smooth finish. A lighter-bodied Merlot.

    12/21/2017 Josh J.
    • Staunton, VA
    • Rater Rank 591
    • Number of Ratings 6
    • Average 4.0
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    Very good! I normally like Cabs and Pinor Noir but really enjoyed this Merlot. Great Flavor.

    11/19/2017 Jean C.
    • Valrico, FL
    • Rater Rank 82
    • Number of Ratings 17
    • Average 3.4
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again
    • Rating: 3.5

    We are not usually merlot drinkers and much prefer a nice cab. We were pleasantly surprised. Superb flavor. Would definitely buy this again.

    10/21/2017 Susan V.
    • Carmel, IN
    • Rater Rank 1,282
    • Number of Ratings 2
    • Average 4.5
    • Verified Purchase
    • Would Buy Again


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
    Garlic Grilled Chicken The following recipe, which serves 4, transforms a classic white wine dish -chicken - into a perfect partner for red wines such as Merlot and Syrah. The secret? The generous use of garlic. Get The Recipe
    Pork Chops With Blueberry Sauce This recipe makes 4 servings, and matches wonderfully with Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot and red blends... Get The Recipe
    Slow Cooking Stew A flavorful wine such as MalbecMerlot calls for a flavorful main dish. This tasty recipe fits the bill deliciously, and makes about 6 servings. And now that the kids are back in school, be aware that it's a meal you... Get The Recipe
    Boneless Leg Of Lamb This recipe, developed by the late James Beard, matches beautifully with Shiraz a.k.a. Syrah, Shiraz/Cabernet blends and Merlot. It serves 6-8... Get The Recipe
  • French Lamb Shank Stew With White Beans This recipe, from The Mauna Loa Macadamia Cooking Treasury matches wonderfully with Malbec, Merlot Sangiovese Rhone red blends. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    Duck Breast With Red Wine Risotto This recipe calls for a good quality red wine, and we suggest either Pinot Noir, Merlot. Whichever you choose, we also suggest serving that wine with the meal. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Lemony Lamb Chops Here's a versatile dish that matches well with red Bordeaux, Merlot, yet also can be enjoyed with white wines because of its lemon-flavored sauce. It makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
    Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of anything-goes-food-and-wine pairing, we're on the lookout for recipes that match well with red OR white wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey, ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... 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 Recipe
    Cabernet 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
    Mustard Crusted Rack Of Lamb Try this tasty recipe, which serves 4more, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, a red blend containing any of the aforementioned varieties... Get The Recipe
    Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
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