Rich, ripe and fruit-powered, this retains more of the high tones (and citrus) than the Merlot. It's powerful and young, smooth but a bit chalky on the finish. It's not yet knit together, and I wonder if and when it will do so.
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: email@example.com.