The Otis vineyard is best known for its textured, herbal Cabernets, but it makes a fine Chardonnay as well. The ‘99 is still lean and taut, with fresh fruit and a few rough edges to the new oak. Partly the vintage, and partly the vineyard, it needs considerably more cellar time than the Wyckoff.
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.