The Camaraderie reserves—both this and the Merlot—have spent an extra year in barrel, and the benefit is that they have broadened out a bit. The vineyard sources are Champoux, Artz and Meek. This offers tart berry, and astringently-tannic flavors, with chalk, smoke and lead pencil streaks. Excellent balance and mass.
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.