This blend of Merlot, Cabernet, Barbera and Syrah has become a popular glass pour around the country. It's easy to understand the appeal; it's very soft, lush and fruity, yet has a richness that speaks of nicely ripened grapes. The fruit tastes like ripe cherries—young, bright and fresh—and plums. Extra time brings in hints of cut tobacco, fresh hay and earth.
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.