Dark, tannic, with good grip and an underlying earthy character. The fruit leans just a little toward raisiny/pruney, but you could also say balsamic. The wine has a European character—ripe but not sweet or jammy, with nuanced streaks of caramel, coffee and baking chocolate.
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.