This could be labeled Merlot, which comprises three-quarters of the Bordeaux-style blend. Big, bold, dark and intensely aromatic, it's a bit tight and tannic at first, but opens gracefully into well-layered, powerfully-structured flavors of violets and smoke, cherries and chocolate. Highlights of ground coffee and graphite extend through the finish.
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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.