This is 100% Merlot and barrel aged in 100% new oak. It has lovely, sweet black cherry fruit, with concentrated flavors but without even a hint of jammy or overripe character. The acids are in balance, and the wine is very pure, adding streaks of tobacco, espresso and licorice through the lingering finish.
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: email@example.com.