The ??? Pinots from Ayoub are made with fruit sourced from such excellent sources as Arcus, Renegade Ridge and Winderlea. Here, as elsewhere, the barrel management is as important as the fruit, putting a concise frame of toast around tight well-defined red-berry and black-cherry flavors. Streaks of cola and coffee add further interest through a lingering finish. Drink now to 2030.
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.