This is very ripe, perhaps too ripe, with pruney, raisiny fruit, and a dead leaf, slightly decayed quality. It's easy to drink, forward and soft, with very dry tannins and a lot of herbs, tobacco and earth flavors. A style for immediate drinking with foods (steaks!) that need something to cut the fat.
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.