This Merlot is 100% varietal, a blend of Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley and Walla Walla Valley fruit. A hint of leather is wrapped into tight, lightly smoky red fruit. Red licorice and a streak of iron ore can also be detected; it is unusually tight and muscular for 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.