Plump black cherry fruit stands out, buttressed with firm tannins and flavors of tar, toast, smoke and coffee. There is plenty of oak, with an appealing hint of bitterness. The fruit is classic Washington Merlot, pure and powerful rather than soft and pretty.
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.