2004 Helix “Screw Sideways” Merlot

We opened up a bottle of 2004 Helix Merlot Columbia Valley from Reininger Winery and cracked up at the tasting notes on Reininger’s Web site: ” ‘Screw “Sideways.’  This is Washington State Merlot.  Hellooo!  This is one screwed together Merlot; it lives up to its name – Helix.  It’s rich and powerful, with a fine slight firmness in tannin structure.  This is no spaghetti wine!  Spiraling about a core of dried plum, dark cherry, and raspberry, is a dust devil of sweet vanilla, dark chocolate, java and a dusting of Northwest cedar spice.  Unlike Miles, this wine knows where it’s going.”

This award-winning wine is elegant and big — the 2004 vintage was fine in the Columbia Valley. I think I’ll go have another glass right now!