A cool year and a northern Willamette valley location have produced a wine with cranberry more than cherry fruit. There's a streak of root beer, coffee and charcoal. The roasted barrel flavors take over from the fruit, which turns quite tart and tannic. Pair this with an oily, cold-water fish such as salmon, and it should rock.
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: email@example.com.