This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon does not bear the usual DiStefano label; rather it is a simple design with plain text and the winery's name in small type at the bottom. Apparently meant to emulate a homemade Zinfandel, it actually comes pretty close, although there isn't a drop of Zin in the blend. But it's sharp and spicy, tannic with a hint of green stem, and just the sort of wine that would slide down well with a slice of pizza.
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.