Here is a sumptuous, earthy, tight and terrific example of Walla Walla Merlot. Still quite young and compact, but well structured and layered with mineral and earth; the tannins are hard and muscular, the flavors a powerful mix of black cherry, cassis and red currant. Give it six more months to integrate the luscious new oak. Editor's 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.