Dark and earthy, with substantial tannins, this includes a small amount of Merlot. But in this part of the world Merlot doesn't offer much in the way of softness. It's a hard, severe wine with black cherry and brambly blackberry fruit. Decanting will help soften it up.
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.