With the Clifton Hill, Ron Bunnell hits a real high note. The scents are lush and loaded with garrigue, smoked meats, nettles and berries. It's a three ring circus of smells, and it leads right into a classic Washington Syrah that mixes tangy fruit, earthy compost, soy and balsamic, all lifted with citrusy acids. For all that the wine is forward and smooth, the tannins soft and round, the flavors integrated and supple. Flavors evolve well into the lengthy finish, adding cracker and toast at the very end.
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.