Brian Carter's Southern Rhône-influenced blend is 58% Grenache, 18% Syrah, 18% Mourvèdre, 4% Counoise and 2% Cinsault. Showing quite a bit of barrel toast at the moment, it's an expressive wine with a palate-pleasing mix of fruit and barrel flavors. Black cherry, cassis, dark chocolate, espresso and cedar are all in the mix; the middle is full and fruity, and the finish shows real gravitas.
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.