This is three fifths Merlot, with the other four Bordeaux grapes filling out the rest. 100% French oak was used, half new, and the near-15% alcohol shows in a bit of burn in the finish. Toasty, smoky, laden with roasted coffee and bitter chocolate notes, this is a wine to pair with a grilled steak.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: email@example.com.