This firm, tannic merlot is a step up in concentration from the winery's regular bottling. It's ripe, focused and still a bit tight, with stacked layers of berry, plum and cassis. Winemaker Rob Griffin retains some of the natural herbaceousness of the grape, as a background nuance, adding flavor interest. Decant it well before drinking.
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.