This Merlot includes 13% Syrah, along with smaller amounts of Petit Verdot and Cabernet. Vanilla and tobacco scents open the door to a sharp, peppery wine, with flavors cloaked in bark and scorched earth. It's rustic, big and flavorful, with a fat, meaty finish. This is the wine to go with your tri-tip.
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.