A barrel selection, this was given 45% new oak, and surprisingly is listed at slightly lower alcohol than the regular 2007 Pinot Noir from Illahe. It does show a bit more new oak flavor and less forward fruit. Balanced and sound, it is a fine companion to the regular bottling.
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.