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.
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: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.
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