This is essentially a barrel select winemaker's blend. Mixing oranges, raspberries and cherries in the fruit bowl, it has more palate weight than you might expect given the low alcohol. The tannins have a little extra grip, and leave a light trail of cocoa powder in the aftertaste.
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.