The assemblage includes seven grapes from ten vineyards and six AVAs. It needs breathing time, perhaps because of the jumble of components, but with plenty of air it sorts itself out into a luscious and tangy berry and cherry-powered wine. The barrels add lush notes of mocha, caramel and baking spice, with just a hint of alcoholic heat.
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.