This is a transition wine for Canoe Ridge, whose talented winemaker, John Abbott, did the crush but left before finishing it. It's a good effort, but not as lush as previous vintages. The fruit is pretty and the wine balanced, with nice flavors of plum and dried cherries, and intriguing hints of tobacco leaf in the finish.
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.