Positioned as the top wine in the massive Erath lineup, La Nuit Magique was not made in 2007, but it's back in 2008. A welcome relief from all the single-vineyard wines, this blends the top barrels from excellent vineyards, slathers them in chocolaty oak, and the result is a palate-pleasing, open, warm, generous wine which might come from California. Sappy berry compote, enlivened with juicy acids, and finished with plenty of sweet, toasty oak.
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.