The current releases from Scarborough show a winemaker dedicated to obtaining excellent fruit and experimenting with an interesting range of barrel sizes and sources. Here it all works well, a Southern Rhône-style mix of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Cinsault with a flinty, mineral base note. There's a sweet-tart cherry core and a lick of peppery spice that livens up the finish.
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.