This wine seems awkward—there is no other way to put it. Unintegrated, lumbery oak flavors jut out in front of brambly berry fruit. Nothing hangs together and the oak treatment is rough and outsized.
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.