Washington Merlot has gotten pretty pricey lately, so it's a pleasure to find a solidly-made version from an excellent vintage such as this at a good price. Red fruit preserves highlight the nose; there is a slight earthiness to the mouthfeel, and some rough tannins, but the wine satisfies and delivers the Merlot goods. Not a keeper, but a fine bottle to showcase the everyday quality that Washington can deliver.
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.