Dark and ripe, with a strong smoky component. It shows plenty of muscle in this difficult vintage, along with firm acids and blackberry fruit that is broader and more open than the Les Collines. Though it falls just short of that wine's exceptional complexity, here the smoke and licorice notes add interesting streaks of darkness to the wine as it extends into a finish of dark, smoky tannins.
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.