This shows the sappy, sweet, ripe character of the grape; fresh and forward and bursting with flavors of just-picked berries. It's nicely dusted with chocolate and has both power and precision. The oak is layered in beautifully, enhancing but not obliterating the fruit. This is a wine to drink young.
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.