Grapes from two vineyards—Hyland in the McMinnville AVA, and Fortmiller in the Rogue Valley AVA—combine gracefully in a young wine with juicy citrus and ripe blackberry flavors. Eleven months in 40% new French oak adds dark chocolate around the typical earthy minerality of the Hyland fruit. There are substantial tannins, so give this extra aeration, or cellar for another few years.
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.