From one of Washington's best vineyards, this is a complex, Bordeaux-like wine that mixes fruit, mineral and barrel flavors with an even hand. Lightly spiced with fresh herbs, back-loaded with cocoa/espresso flavors, this is well-defined, with firm, ripe but not at all unctuous fruit. Hold 6–10 years.
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.