This wine is made from Merlot grapes from Pear Blossom Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge AVA on the Washington side. The fruit was exposed to near by fires, giving them a very mild smokey flavor. It made us think of Rauchbier, made from smoked malt. Barnaby thought... Mescal -like finish, in a good way! This is off-dry in style, rich and full.