This is estate-grown, Merlot, estate grown, with a fragrant and spicy nose. The herbaceousness is reminiscent of Carmenère, and it continues into a somewhat green mid-palate. Best paired with a grilled steak or burger, so the tannins and acids have some fat to cut through.
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.