This wine still seems to have some bottle shock. There is clean, spicy fruit and the flavors of plum and currant show through. And there's a nice streak of sassafras and cola, with just a whisper of new oak. It should open up nicely with additional bottle age.
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.