Preston releases their red wines relatively late, and the extra time in barrel and bottle softens the tannins, and gives the finished wines a rounded quality. This is a solid effort, true to varietal, with plummy fruit, good balance, and a nice chocolatey, toasty finish that has just a slight taste of bitter banana to it. Good, serviceable Merlot at a fair price.
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.