A difficult wine to analyze, as it seems to have a compact, muscular power, but remains tightly shut down even after some extended breathing time. The blend brings the black fruits and tannins of its dominant (59%) Merlot, with a streak of loamy Syrah running through the middle. Small percentages of five other grapes complete the blend.
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.