Included in the blend is 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Syrah, all estate-grown. It shows both the broadness and the depth of Washington Merlot, mixing plummy fruit with streaks of tobacco and licorice. There's a suggestion of earth and a savory aspect to the finish, which exits smoothly and softly, with a last kick of cinnamon.
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.