At first the scents and flavors of cola, root beer and Dr Pepper seem to dominate, though not unpleasantly. The impact continues with brown sugar, molasses and black cherry fruit—a soda-lover's wine. But there is more here as it breathes, adding texture and weight, with streaks of licorice, smoke and tar.
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.