The first impression is that this is slightly off dry. It's a 50-50 blend of saignéed Syrah and lightly pressed Pinot Noir. It's tannic and disjointed, with sour watermelon and lemon flavors, despite that first hint of sweetness.
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.