Tart, tight, compact and almost dramatically austere when first opened, this estate-grown Merlot unwraps with pretty scents of blueberry pie, followed by clean flavors of blackberry and cassis. The compactness of the wine suggests that it will continue to evolve and merit a higher score in another year or so. For now, you will find intriguing suggestions of gravel and graphite, and the mix of rocks and blue fruits promises more interesting development down the road. Meanwhile, air it out.
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.