Cold Creek's 30-year-old vines bring muscle and depth to this wine, which is still a bit jagged, herbal and earthy, though packed with flavors. The winemaker notes that 22% of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, added “to soften the tannins”—certainly a reversal of the norm, but indicative of the caliber of the old vine Merlot. Cellarworthy, dense with black cherry fruit, spice and dark chocolate.
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.