Spicy and a bit rough, this is a tannic wine, hard and tart. There's a subtle undertone of metal, and a slight greenness to the fruit; overall a lack of what you might call elegance. In this price range, you hope to find more detail and precision than is offered here. This wine seems to fade away quickly, leaving a stemmy, bitter impression.
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.