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!


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with occasional posts about other northwest wine regions (Oregon and B.C.), California, ANZ and Bordeaux. A former national journalist in Canada, Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”