Two Excellent Best Buy Wines at Mollie Stone’s

Mercer Malbec

Manager special – $10.79 at Mollie Stone’s

Best Buy Wines at Mollie Stone’s – Mercer from Horse Heaven Hills

One of the things I like about the Mollie Stone’s wine department in Burlingame is the boutique label offerings: Blue Quail, Trecini, Sobon, Mercer, and others. These are not your typical supermarket big-production wines. There is nothing wrong with big-production wines but why not try wine from a small family-run winery? Small wineries equal great enjoyment.

At the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Walla Walla, Washington, we discovered many excellent Washington State wines. The Columbia Valley AVA is sub-divided into smaller AVA’s or wine growing regions. One of these is Horse Heaven Hills. Horse Heaven Hills is famous for red wines. The Mercer Seven Sisters Red Blend and the Mercer Malbec are at Mollie Stone’s.

Horse Heaven Hills AVA

View of Horse Heaven Hills AVA – Beautiful

Mercer Seven Sisters Red Blend 2013

The Mercer Red Blend is a very enjoyable and zesty full-bodied red blend of 50% Merlot, 34% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot. The Mercer Red Blend has a depth of flavors with a lively, spicy characteristic. Any red meat dish or a sausage-based pasta will be worthy of pairing with the Mercer Seven Sisters Red Blend. It is robust enough to bring out the best in grilled meat dishes. I rate it at 89 points.  At this time, the Seven Sisters Red Blend is a “Manager’s Special” at the Burlingame Mollie Stone’s. The price of $1o.79 is a terrific price point for this delicious wine. How long the sale will last is unknown. Elsewhere, the Seven Sisters is selling for $18 to $21.

Mercer Malbec 2015

The Mercer Malbec is a medium-bodied and well-balanced wine. The color is dark, with lots of interesting subtle flavors. The Mercer Malbec is a blend of 78% Malbec and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Malbec and Cab were aged separately for 18 months in oak barrels and then blended.

Red wine lovers will enjoy this somewhat different style of Malbec. It has a charming character that makes sipping it a delight. There are no big tannins in this wine. I like it with hard cheese and a charcuterie plate. 89 points.

Right now it is a “Manager’s Special” at the Burlingame Mollie Stone’s. How long the sale will last is unknown. Elsewhere, the Mercer Malbec is selling for $18.  It is sold out at the Mercer tasting room in Prosser, Washington. The tasting room was selling the wine for $25.

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