Pure Carmenère from a single vineyard, this was coopered in French oak, 61% new. From first glance and whiff it captures the varietal perfectly, with ripe black fruits and fresh, pungent herbal highlights. Tannins are supple and smooth, beautifully rendered, and the wine continues seamlessly through a lingering and satisfying finish. Makes a strong claim for the best Carmenère in Washington, if not the country.
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.