This Eric Dunham/Kyle MacLachlan collaboration opens a bit lighter and less ripe than in previous vintages, perhaps a reflection of the cooler, higher-acid conditions of 2008. Firm, tart berry fruit is annotated with scents of stem and earth. Tannins are hard and astringent. This needs more time in the bottle, and should improve.
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.