Strong whiffs of barrel, cracker, toast, butterscotch and a hint of leather take off in the beginning, but behind it all is solid, ripe, plentiful black cherry fruit. There is also a strong streak of mint running through the middle, and the wine has good weight and texture across the palate. It's muscular without being clunky; there is substance here but it is elegantly displayed, with particularly good tannin management.
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.