Tight, elegant and showing less of the Merlot's broad, up front fruit flavor, but it's very well structured. The winery's barrel regimen adds a lot of coffee grounds and dark chocolate. In a riper year such as this, the vineyard loses the herbal character; here the fruit is tight and acidic, clean and tasting of ripe berry and plum.
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.