This young wine saw plenty of new oak, and those toasty, appealing scents and flavors are right up front, wrapped around pretty plum and berry fruit. It has a round, plump middle, polished tannins and plenty of initial mouth appeal. Hints of barnyard and green tea seep into the finish. The wine improved perceptibly on the second day.
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.