The high alcohol is a good indication of the ultraripe fruit flavors here. Raisins and cooked cherries dominate, set against a background of tart cherry-pie acids. The concentration is impressive, as is the purity of the fruit flavors.
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.