This is the estate vineyard, located in the flat, dry western end of the Walla Walla Valley. It's 95% Merlot with a splash of Syrah and Cab Franc, and it is dark, tannic and straightforward. What's missing is the extra detail and complexity that would add interest to the roasty-toasty tannins.
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.