Spicy and bright, this could almost be Grenache, with its penetrating acid and the lightness to its fruit. The oak flavors—substantial hits of cracker, vanilla and chocolate—seem rather heavy-handed at this point. On the plus side, the nice spicy fruit carries on admirably into 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.