This is a great Merlot. Super dry tannins and a rustic profile make this a great food wine to make the mouth water. Unfined and unfiltered, usually it leaves a skim of sediment in the glass, which helps reflect the dark, black cherry fruit against the oaky backdrop of the vintage. There is more: slightly chewy, heavy mouth feel; with wet earth and granite stones, plus leather and bittersweet chocolate. Washington state wine producers and makers are so lucky to have the mineral profiles of the geological soils that their wines get to show off–chalky and volcanic influences that bring another dimension to these wines that make them robust and full of character.