The Merlot in Reininger's Helix line has flavors of toasty oak, and satiny red and black fruits. The blend, mostly Merlot, also includes 14% Cab Franc and 1% Cab Sauvignon. Substantial, slightly hot, with moderately rough tannins but a lot of flavor for the price.
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.