Beresan made no Carmenère in 2011, and this new vintage is the first to be sourced from the recently-planted Summit View vineyard. It's quite pretty, with forward fruit flavors of strawberry and cherry. Aging for 21 months in 20% new oak gives it a toasty frame and puts some grip in the tannins. Drink over the next few years, while it retains its youthful charms.
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.