Always a favorite from this Walla Walla producer, the 2005 Merlot includes about 6% Cabernet Franc. Firm and muscular, with a dense core of blackberry, black cherry and cassis, it sprinkles in ground coffee and a streak of licorice. The style is deep, dark, laced with graphite, and definitely built for long -term cellaring.
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.