Reliable as usual, this soft, cherry and vanilla-flavored Merlot is pure varietal, fruity and ready to drink immediately. The tannins are extremely light, though a hint of green wood sneaks into the finish. Don't look for depth, but for a drink-now, perfectly pleasant quaffer, this is a good bet.
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.