Very tight, still pulling itself together. Give this one lots of breathing time! There is plenty of concentrated black cherry and plum fruit, and hints of clove and Asian spice. Not your typical merlot; this has real muscle and concentration.
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.