An outstanding value, the newest Benchmark Merlot was sourced equally from Hightower (Red Mountain) and Weinbau (Wahluke Slope) vineyards. It offers plenty of rich barrel flavors, wrapped in a dark, toasty, smoky wine with fruit ripe enough to handle all the oak. Black cherry, cassis and dark chocolate coat the palate.
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: email@example.com.