Merlots from the Okanagan are more sculpted, less fleshy than those from Washington or California. That said, this wine offers great finesse, tension and detail. Tart plum, black cherry, red licorice and a streak of sandalwood are nicely integrated and buttressed with juicy acids. Tannins are firm and tight, and the structure suggests it will age gracefully through 2025.
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.