Pure varietal, this interesting wine seems to walk the line between a Bordeaux grape such as Malbec and the Rhône. The fruit mixes plum, cherry and a hint of citrus, while the herbal notes and astringent, somewhat leafy/barky tannins suggest Carmenère. But it's a fun wine that shows some of the more interesting experimentation happening in Washington vineyards these days.
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.