Here's another lovely blend from Isenhower, this one with flavors that are dark and roasted, the scents suggesting Syrah rather than what it is—a Merlot-based Bordeaux blend. A pretty wine for the price; firm in the mouth with licorice, blackberry and moist earth flavors. Tannins have been softened a bit but it retains an herbal roughness around the edges.
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.