Those who seek elegance and lower alcohol levels will certainly want to try this beautifully balanced, well-defined vineyard designate from Chehalem. Briary, dusty, with currant and berry fruits, it has less concentration than in warmer years, but compensates with impeccable balance. The alcohol is listed at just 12.8%.
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: email@example.com.