The Labyrinth bottling is thicker and somewhat more tannic that the winery's ‘regular' Pinot. Superb vineyard sources (Seven Springs, Carabella, Momtazi) comprise the blend, and the wine gets plenty of skin contact while awaiting spontaneous fermentation. It's saturated with color and redolent of herb and earth, bark and root, while the fruit, for the moment, takes a back seat. This is a wine that will benefit from extended breathing time and/or cellaring.
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.