This estate-bottling shows single vineyard focus, and a more herbal profile than the winery's Columbia Valley Merlot. Accents of clean earth and dark, cassis fruit suggest a wine with Bordeaux-like strengths and the possibility of cellaring for a decade or longer.
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Reviews wines from Oregon and Canada.
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.