This is surprisingly fruit forward for a vintage that is often hard and unyielding. Big, ripe, round flavors of black cherry, plum, cassis and spice fill a round and tasty midpalate. The wine does not extend itself from there; it's content to be a big mouthful of well-ripened fruit.
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.