Nice scents of mocha, earth, coffee, cassis and caramel suggest a wine that perhaps was originally intended for a higher price point. It has soft and pliable tannins that give way to streaks of herb and some slightly bitter phenolics. But overall a nice effort.
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.