This is the first-ever Walla Walla wine from Ron Bunnell's RiverAerie label, and the excellent fruit is mostly from Spofford Station. It's 77% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Syrah. A young wine, with pretty flavors of young vines, it leads with cherry candy and adds on some spicy herb, with hints of tomato leaf, as it weaves across the palate. Simple and satisfying.
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.