This bottling is softer and more forward than the Clone 96, and a good case could be made for blending the two, though the winery explains that they tried it and didn't like the results. Here are tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and banana, fronting a rich, lush wine that is ready right now. —P.G.
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.