This Horse Heaven Hills Merlot has a powerful clove flavor running right up the middle; along with it come streaks of vanilla and tobacco. What elevates it above cheaper wines with similar flavors is the structure and the penetration of the fruit, which has the vivid berry character of the region. The tannins are quite astringent.
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.