Straight-ahead, no frills Merlot, with plenty of up-front strawberry/cherry lifesaver fruit flavors. There are some stiff, slightly weedy tannins as well, and the finish is quite astringent. This Pomerol wannabe would taste best with a nice cut of beef.
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.