This is a wine that you will either find exciting and exotic or overbearing and odd. Sensuous, musky and redolent of Asian spicebox scents, it hits you like a blast of heavy perfume. The tannins, too, are a bit overwrought, and at the moment fall quickly into a hard, dry finish. But time may unlock the secrets of this wine and reveal something spectacular.
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.