The lush, satiny nose mixes ripe fruit and pleasing herbal, dusty scents. There's even a little bit of jalapeño (from young tannins) in the finish, along with some red licorice. On balance, a distinctive style, with all kinds of interesting, subtle notes, yet still classic, varietal Washington-style Merlot.
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.