This is the second single-vineyard, pure Merlot offering from Fidélitas in 2005, and the better bottle. This one needs some breathing time, as it brings the classic Red Mountain stoniness to bear. It's all about structure, balancing tart red fruits on layers of graphite and mineral, with dry, austere tannins. It's rare to find an unblended Merlot with this much muscle.
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.