This is a solid example of straight-ahead Washington merlot. The fruit is pretty and polished, bright with raspberry and cherry flavors, forward but with the palate presence to age for some years. There's a foundation of herb and a hint of silage, adding character but finishing just a bit on the funky side.
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.