The vineyard was wiped clean in the freeze of '04, but this fragrant, chocolatey wine suggests that it holds real potential if it can be adequately protected. Crisp cranberry and strawberry fruits are underscored with smooth, chocolatey oak flavors. The style is Walla Walla all the way; broadly accessible, smooth and seamless.
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.