Very earthy and stemmy in the nose, the fruit buried in scents of bark and soil. The wine is a bit rough and tumble in the mouth, more powerful than many Merlots, but less smooth and sweet than the truly ripe ones. This is tannic, herbal and quite astringent.
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.