Dedicated to the memory of a family founder, Vernon Rhodes, this one-time release is packed with barrel flavors of chocolate, espresso and smoke. The fruit holds its own, dense cassis and black cherry, dappled with pepper and fresh herbs. Tight and balanced, this needs decanting and can certainly be cellared for a decade or longer.
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.