Washington is widely recognized as an exceptional Merlot-producing region,
and this supple, silky wine is a one example of the quality of Merlot the region is capable of producing. The 2005 vintage shows heady aromas of plum, cherry, and black olive, with hints of gun smoke and leather. Its flavors of ripe berry,
oak and spice are well balanced and there are appealing notes of black cherry, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This is a big Merlot that will pair well with grilled chops, ribs or steak, or a Margherita-style pizza.