The 2006 is a richer vintage than this winery's 2005, showing more heat, more density and more of the milk chocolate in the finish. What it gains in weight it loses in elegance; it's a stand-off really. Winemaker Scott Shull does his usual careful job with the fruit, getting the most from the particulars of the vintage.
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.