Here again is fine, rich, ripe fruit, mostly pears and peaches and bananas, layered and textured. The flavors build through a full, delicious middle, with some nice creaminess from barrel fermentation. What's missing is the pleasing toast of new oak, which would etch the fruit into a bit more focus. A hint of residual sweetness rounds out the finish. Best Buy.
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.