It begins with a pleasant nut rind aroma, then adds a bit of herb and leaf, and finally hits the center with ripe, chunky cherry fruit. This has the big, broad shoulders of fully-ripened Washington Merlot, with flesh and interesting herbal/spice notes. Unusual because of the herb accents, it shows some lightly stemmy tannins, so it may not please everyone. But it certainly delivers lots of flavor.
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.