At first this seems a bit attenuated; the midpalate a bit dumb. The tannins are astringent and fine, and the fruit is clean and tart, and needs extended decanting. Sleek, Bordeaux-like, and quite firm, it has a strong streak of graphite and clean earth, with polished tannins and impressive depth and length.
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: email@example.com.