The estate vineyard, now about 15-years-old, delivers spicy black-cherry fruit deftly set against dark toasty barrel flavors. Just one-quarter new French oak was used, but winemaker Mo Ayoub is a barrel master who mixes and matches the oak like a painter mixes his or her colors. There's a strong streak of coffee, and it finishes with light accents of forest mushrooms.
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.