Pure Merlot, this shows just a touch of leather in the nose, though nothing overpowering. The fruit is solid, unspectacular but well defined and balanced. The use of the new oak (about 35%) is tasteful and tasty. The wine is forward and immediately delicious, then tails off in the 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.