The top wine from De Ponte, this gets 60% new French oak and a full 15 months in barrel prior to bottling. Those flavors come up quickly, putting a lush vein of butterscotch right down the center. The tangy marionberry fruit is a perfect complement, keeping it fresh and luscious, and suggesting that it will drink optimally for the next decade.
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.