Nice, juicy aromas of black fruits and cassis, with suggestions of licorice and mocha. This is a shade or two tighter and deeper than the excellent Merlot. Inviting and true to varietal, it shows exceptional poise, filling the mouth with subtle, sensual layers of fruit, accented with toasted wood. Elegant effort.
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.