Soft entry, with generous aromas introducing supple purple and black fruits. Tannins are substantial, well-structured, slightly grainy. There are light streaks of smoke, coffee, herb and bark; the earthy character of Syrah is evident but seems somehow softened and wrapped in the toasty barrel flavors. The blend includes 3% cofermented Viognier and 17% Grenache.
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.