Light, grapey and fruity, this might be a nouveau wine or a Grenache. But it's southern Oregon Merlot, so the tannins are substantial, and far outrace the fruit. Some sweaty aromas compete with the tannins and herbal notes.
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.