This is a good effort, built upon Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills fruit. It stands in the middle ranks of Walla Walla Merlots, quite similar to many other wines from the valley. New oak dominates the nose, with scents of smoke and char. The fruit is sweet cherry, with a hint of tobacco.
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.