Fragrant and dense, this sends up a lush, intriguing mix of aromas—black fruits, lead pencil, rock and green tea. It's a textural, earthy wine that never stops coming at you. The barrel aging brings in smoke and bacon fat also; this is full-bodied and complex, with substantial tannins and a strong, intense 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.