Like the winery's syrah, this young wine shows a lot of spicy new oak at the moment, although the specs say only 30% of the barrels were new. There's a full, flavorful mid-palate of cherry and plum, nicely framed against toast, smoke and char. Plenty of power and punch for a pure merlot.
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.