This is a substantial effort for the price. It's got an Oregon spin to the varietal, which is to say that it has more than a hint of tomato leaf, and a somewhat resinous character. But the sharp, acidic fruit comes through with authority, and it will give you more meat and muscle than almost anything else under $20.
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.