Barrel fermented and ripened to exceptionally high alcohol, this dark, soapy wine is over the top in flavor. Not a trace of varietal character is left, just barrel and burn, plus intense perfume that dominates the nose. Drink up; it's already going over the hill.
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.