At first this is constrained to the point of thinness, then the wine breathes open to reveal tart red berries, dried herbs and lemongrass. A whiff of orange peel adds interest. Though aged 15 months in 60% new French oak, it shows little oak influence in its flavors.
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.