Here is a full-blown 15% bruiser. Chewy, tannic and rugged, from vines almost 40 years old. Thick and chalky, the fruit has plenty of blackberry and black cherry flavor, with a smoky streak and a hint of black tea in the slightly bitter tannins. All that stuffing needs some additional bottle time to loosen it up and soften the rough edges.
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.