Genny’s Pick: 2014 Kontos Cellars Merlot, $37.00

Wow. This Merlot from Washington is delicious! I usually gravitate towards the big bold Tempranillos and Cabs, however from the first taste, the Kontos had me. Fresh red plums, bing cherries, raspberries, red currant, licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla and toasted cedar.  

Very easy drinking for a decent bodied Merlot. Kontos is a small production winery (2800 cases) that primarily focuses on ultra premium Bordeaux varieties grown in the Walla Walla Valley. A dragonfly graces their label, which for the family is a symbol of change and a representation of life’s journey. Apparently, from the moment they began thinking about using the dragonfly as the winery’s predominant image, they were inundated with them. Dragonflies would be in the barrel room while they were topping off wine. They would find them in the middle of wheat harvest, 10 miles away from any reliable water source. Dragonflies seemed to come out of nowhere, wherever it was that they were, and so inevitably found their way onto the Kontos label. Great story; great wine.