This is Eric Dunham's first Lewis Merlot, although he's made vineyard-designated Syrah and Cab from the same site. This is satiny smooth and shows a cherry cola character unique to the site; it's chocolaty and rich, but not hot or raisiny. Dunham's reds have seamless, full-throttle flavors; this is right there.
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.