Another excellent Merlot from Sandhill, though not as big as the previous vintage. This is more loose, more open, with flavors of cherry and raspberry out front. Firm acids and the stiff, mineral finish that characterizes Red Mountain grapes.
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.