“Old Vine” is not a phrase that crops up on many Washington wine labels, but here it is meaningful. The vineyard was planted in 1972; these are among the most venerable Merlot plantings in the state. Thick, rich red and black fruits are nicely set off in a spicy, toasty, seamless, palate-coating wine with rare complexity. Editors' Choice.
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.