Among a strong lineup of 2009 reds from Tulpen, this Merlot is the standout. It's really a Bordeaux-style blend, with Merlot taking up three quarters, and the rest split among Cabernet, Cab Franc and Malbec. Stiff and herbal upon opening, it opens to reveal a firm scaffolding of flavors, with muscular cassis and black cherry going deep into the finish. Tannins are ripe, and carry an herbal edge.
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: email@example.com.