This Merlot-Cabernet Blend is quite tannic, chewy and tight. It certainly does not lack flavor, however, the notes of cassis and peppery herbs are set in a rough-and-tumble frame of massive tannins. This one needs to be paired with a thick, greasy 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.