Continuing the expansion of this former budget brand into premium territory, this reserve Merlot makes a nice complement to owner Stimson Lane's runaway success with Columbia Crest. If CC is the big, brawny, masculine Merlot, Snoqualmie is more elegant, restrained and feminine. Ripe fruit suggests strawberry preserves, and the wine is balanced, full and flavorful.
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.