Even this ultratannic grape gets a polished expression from winemaker Rob Griffin, who has a silky touch with tannins. What comes out is pretty purple berry and plum fruit, barrel flavors of cut tobacco, clove and vanilla, and a little more grip than the other reds from Barnard Griffin. Makes a compelling case for PV as a varietal wine.
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.