This is 100% estate Merlot from the original 1981 planting. It's very tight, and immediately showing a lot of barrel flavor, including some spicy pickle accents. The wine has excellent balance, with a firmness that is almost Cabernet like. Smooth, polished, cranberry and cherry fruit is threaded with black olive and red licorice.
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.