This is Merlot taken to its limits (and a bit beyond). Super-ripe Champoux Vineyard fruit delivers flavors of blackberry jam, and punches through 15% alcohol. The barrel aging brings in coffee, toffee and smoke, and there is a liquorous, slightly hot edge to the finish.
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.