An outstanding example of Washington Merlot. It needs more bottle age, but has all the right stuffing. There is plenty of still-to-be-integrated new oak, toast, and a dark and earthy core. Note that the Loess (Leonetti) vineyard contributes to the blend. Decant this; it could be a real sleeper.
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.