Named for a tree native to the Northwest coast, this red blend is 60% Dolcetto, the rest Merlot and Syrah. Unusual, but it works well, pushing the luscious red fruits forward, which are bright and well-defined. Just a hint of pepper and dark chocolate is woven through the finish. Though not as big as the winery's varietal wines, it has a pleasing, supple elegance.
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.