Deep black cherry and cassis fruit seems a bit overloaded at the moment with bourbon barrel flavors and alcohol. But there is ample power and density to carry the wine, for those who love the blockbuster style. This does not yet have the balance of the Adams Bench wines from 2006 and 2007—maybe more time in the bottle will help smooth it out.
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.