Sourced from a vineyard in the region known as the Rocks, this is a bit like a Cayuse light—in a good way. Toasty, lightly funky and flavorful with a lively mix of purple and blue fruits, it has palate-coating but not oppressive weight. Highlights of cocoa, umami, pepper and earth keep things interesting through a long 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.