Good vineyard sources and adept handling make for a tight, muscular Merlot that succeeds in a lackluster vintage. This shows some muscle, with firm, plump fruit and solid underpinnings of smooth tannin. Black olive/herbal notes add complexity.
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.