As it's the lowest priced of Pondera's red wine offerings, it may be safe to assume that Melvado is the leftover-barrel blend. It's a good companion to the pricier Consensio; here the somewhat over-ripe and pruny mix of fruit does not show as much new oak, and in its soft and slightly flabby way it is ready to go and delivers a fair amount of flavor. The 15.3% alcohol definitely shows in the heat of the finish, so this is a drink-up-now wine.
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.