A mass of flavors—mineral, umami, dry tannins, spicy fruit—all sublimated to the earthy mineral base. A drier, mineral component is more in evidence than the earthy, composty character of previous years. Good acidity, not too much, and precise mountain berry fruit. Fine-grained tannins carry the wine through 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.