This almost-Bordeaux style blend—the exception is a splash of Syrah—mixes fruit from Pepper Bridge, Les Collines, Seven Hills and Stone Tree vineyards. Mostly Merlot, stylistically it fits right in with the other 2008 reds from Kontos. Ripe red fruit, a smooth, even silky mouthfeel, highlights of orange peel and a chocolaty finish.
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.