Almost all Petite Sirah, with just 4% Syrah in the blend, this is purple and black in both color and fruit flavor. It packs in ample barrel flavors of licorice and coffee due to the aging regimen of 75% new French oak and 25% neutral. The tannins are hard, chewy, but plenty ripe. This is a bruiser.
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.