Fruit from Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge vineyards is sourced for this pure Merlot. In this somewhat difficult year it doesn't quite hang together; the fruit flavors run from prune and raisin to simply grapy. Citrusy, chalky acids seem not quite integrated, giving the finish a somewhat disjointed feeling.
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.