Stemmy, herbal and sharp, with a peppery bite, this seems a bit underripe. There's some barrel toast from exposure to one third new French oak. It's a quaffer, best enjoyed with a meal.
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.