Good color, dark and plummy, and there are strong spicy/herbal components to the nose. The wine has a tough streak of vegetal/earthy flavors, that border on canned green beans. Underneath some sweeter purple fruits can be discerned, a cross between blackberry and beet, but the rough, earthy tannins need a lot more time to soften up.
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.