The Grand Estates Merlot is a sure-fire Best Buy, as especially in a ripe, sweet vintage such as 2005. The color is pure and deep, and the soft midpalate offers ripe cherry and prune flavors. Streaks of coffee lead into somewhat earthy tannins that add structure to the finish.
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.