The first Merlot in the winery's 15-year history is restrained, aromatic and lightly leafy, showing hints of tobacco under the pretty, soft, plum and berry fruit. Just the right amount of smooth, chocolaty tannins follow through; the wine is ripe, yet not too ripe. A pleasing spiciness comes out as it breathes.
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.