A chocolaty delight, this is a soft and smoky style of Merlot. The dark fruit flavors are accented with some toasted, slightly charred notes, and cinnamon spices. As very good as it is, the mouthfeel seems just a little broad as it flattens out 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.