The color is already fading into brick around the rim, and this light Merlot is already drinking at or near its peak. It's soft and smooth, slightly nutty, with round and mature fruit flavors of cherry and berry. All in all it's a pleasant, lightly toasty wine with no rough edges.
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.