Mercer can be found in Prosser, Washington, where it produces a series of affordable — some might say very affordable — red and white wines. Largely uncomplex, these are wines built for the Everyman inside all of us.
2016 Mercer Sauvignon Blanc – Gently tropical, with mild acidity, this is a basic but perfectly enjoyable sauvignon blanc, with a bit of pineapple-driven sweetness to cut through the lightly floral afterimage. The slightly creamy body is a nice departure from the usual California sauvignon blanc, which tends to be a bit harsh these days. B+ / $13
2015 Mercer Red Blend – This sticky blend of 29% cabernet sauvignon, 27% syrah, 18% merlot, 14% petit verdot, 10% grenache, and 2% carignane is a bit of a mutt, and none of those constituents really stands out. The wine is sweetish and a bit gummy, but when paired with food it allows some of the violet and plum notes to step forward, pushing past the sugar, just a bit more clearly. B- / $15