Note that this is an older vintage than the winery's other current releases. From a ripe, hot year this is a typical effort, with more color, alcohol and tannin than the creamy '04s or elegant '05s, but less finesse. Thick, tight and chewy, it's got plenty of chunky fruit, hard tannins, and chalky acids. Perhaps some years in the cellar will soften it up a bit, but right now it's one tough Pinot.
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.