From the Stonetree Vineyard, this supersaturated wine is so black that it looks impenetrable. The dark cassis fruit is drenched in astringent, tongue-drying flavors of smoke, asphalt and tar. Though true to its variety, it's a tough, chewy, somewhat chalky mouthful.
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.