Concentrated and stylish, this is a potent Merlot with sharp, ripe, tight fruit flavors. Compact plum, black cherry and cassis fruit is wrapped in juicy acids and plenty of coffee-flavored barrel toast. Still young and a bit hot, this wine needs several hours of breathing time to really open up.
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.