Mostly Merlot, this Bordeaux-style blend is aromatically thick and heavy with vanilla, pipe tobacco and cherry fruit components. It's a big wine, with ripe tannins and a streak of cola. More bottle age may help to soften the aggressive new-oak flavors.
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.