Full Review

Maryhill

Maryhill
2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Merlot, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8% RS: .02%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$24.95
Cellar Selection

Maryhill
2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Merlot, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8% RS: .02%
Opaque garnet color. Muted aromas of cranberry scone, plums, and herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, simple, breezy, vanilla custard, cedar, and earth finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy merlot for the table that will be better with age.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: cranberry scone, plums, and herbs
Taste Flavor: Smooth, Simple, Breezy, vanilla custard, cedar, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sturdy merlot for the table that will be better with age.

The Producer

Maryhill Winery

The Producer
9774 Hwy 14
Goldendale, WA 98620
USA
1 509-773-1976

Their Portfolio

90 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $24.95.
86 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Les Collines, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley 14.6% (USA) $36.00.
90 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Clifton Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope 14.6% (USA) $40.00.
91 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Les Collines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley 14.3% (USA) $40.00.
92 Maryhill 2011 Reserve, Alder Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills 14.4% (USA) $40.00.
89 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $24.95.
88 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $16.95.
92 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, "Serendipity", Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $29.95.
85 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $24.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $24.95.
88 Maryhill 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.6% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2012 "Winemaker’s Red", Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 "Winemaker’s White", Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $9.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Proprietor’s Reserve, Grenache, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $19.95.
86 Maryhill 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Gewurtztraminer, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $9.95.
85 Maryhill 2013 Moscato di Canelli, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $11.95.
87 Maryhill 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley 13.1% (USA) $9.95.
89 Maryhill 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $9.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $11.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Barbera, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $16.95.
87 Maryhill 2011 Malbec, Columbia Valley 13.6% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
91 Maryhill 2011 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $16.95.
90 Maryhill 2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $16.95.
89 Maryhill 2012 Winemaker’s Red, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
90 Maryhill 2011 Zinfandel, Columbia Valley 14.8% (USA) $16.95.
84 Maryhill 2013 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2012 Proprietor’s Reserve, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13.9% (USA) $16.95.
85 Maryhill 2013 Gewurztraminer, Columbia Valley 14.1% (USA) $9.95.
90 Maryhill 2013 Moscato di Canelli, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $11.95.
87 Maryhill 2013 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Riesling, Columbia Valley 13.1% (USA) $9.95.
89 Maryhill 2013 Rosé of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $9.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 14.2% (USA) $9.95.
91 Maryhill 2013 Viognier, Columbia Valley 14.4% (USA) $11.95.
88 Maryhill 2013 Winemaker’s White, Columbia Valley 12.5% (USA) $9.95.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.