A little sweat, a little funk in the nose; following that, the wine is sturdy and substantial. Made with fruit from 36-year-old vines which the winery says are the oldest in the AVA. It shows a flavorful mix of herb, bark, earth, pepper, rock and dark, tannic, muscular fruit. Better winemaking would dramatically improve the score.
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.