Cherries, chocolate and mushrooms cavort across the palate; the wine has matured into some nicely subdued but complex and even exotic flavors. It's drinking well, with plum and flower, chocolate and herb; all delicate but well integrated. Don't keep it long term, but enjoy it soon for its elegance and subtlety.
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.