Trutina, Dunham's Bordeaux blend, has long been the value wine in the Walla Walla superstar's portfolio. The 2004 is no exception, a seamless, silk-on-steel compendium of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wild card in '04 is the addition of 3% Syrah. It opens the wine up a bit, adding some spice and mint to the sweet cherry Merlot fruit. There's also an interesting grace note reminiscent of caraway cutting through.
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.