Positioned as the top wine in the massive Erath lineup, La Nuit Magique is a selection of fruit from five of the vineyard-designate properties. Solid to the point of being a bit blocky, it offers mixed red and black fruits, and a hint of ripe red apple. It's perfectly tasty, with a good, clean finish, but more middle-of-the pack among Erath's excellent 2009s.
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.