A big-boned, rich 100% Merlot, this is a dark and chewy wine whose cherry fruit is set amidst an explosion of hickory smoke, dark chocolate, and tar. The tannins—quite astringent and drying—suggest a long cellar life ahead. Drink it now or lay it down for up to a decade.
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.