Though this is pure Merlot, it is structured much like a Cabernet Sauvignon. It shows more depth than breadth, with smoky black fruits, plum and black cherry, and a pleasing purity. It finishes with a distinct herbal edge, slightly bitter. Can it gain a bit of mass with further bottle age? Time will tell.
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.