Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Mike Berghan's family has ties to the Walla Walla Valley that date back nearly 150 years. When they returned to the region, they founded their maturing estate vineyard near the Washington/Oregon stateline, hence the name of this Merlot-based blend. There's a sense of black fruit, vanilla bean, minerality and savory notes throughout, backed by a bold, yet fruit-forward structure. This earned a gold medal at the Great Northwest Wine Competition. (15.5 percent alcohol) Price: $18
Cases produced: 1,313
Food pairings: Enjoy this with pizza, grilled meats or lasagna.
Gifford Hirlinger, 1450 Stateline Road, Walla Walla, 509-301-9229, www.giffordhirlinger.com