A lighter Ursa than recent vintages, the 2009 is a young purple-violet color, with grapy aromas and a broad, fruity palate. Hints of roasted nuts express barrel aging, and the wine has good grip, though the fruit flavors at this stage are still primary. Give this one some further bottle age to smooth out.
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.