This 3,500-case boutique specializes in Merlot. The Yakima Valley bottling has a fine dark cast to it, and the fruit tends toward black cherry with extra dimensions of coffee, tobacco and smoke. There's a slight hint of earth here, too. The wine has dimension, depth and power, all in a precisely wound, tightly coiled style that says, “Age me!” Don't let the cheesy label fool you; this is seriously good Merlot. Editors' Choice.
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.