Smooth and fruity, this forward and pleasing effort pushes berries and lightly candied red fruits to the front of the palate, adding some hot cinnamon spice to the middle. It's vibrant and charming, but with more depth than most Merlots done in this style. A hint of green tea slips into the tannins.
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.