Cranberry fruit, with pungent clove accents, sets up this spicy, assertive Pinot Noir. What appear to be strong barrel flavors include vanilla and caramel along with coffee and clove. The fruit is tart and smooth, but the barrel flavors are not yet entirely integrated.
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.