Maybe it's the fir tree branch and cone on the label, but there seems to be a hint of pine needle in this wine's aroma. That scent sneaks into its rhubarb and black cherry flavors, along with a touch of root beer and beet root. Those components may sound disparate, but they blend nicely, with a pleasantly chocolaty finish. Give it a couple more years of bottle age for optimal drinking.
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.