Very much a crowd-pleaser, this begins with full, in-your-face aromas of vanilla and ripe fruits. It's supremely smooth, supple and polished—no rough edges here. The fruit is a forward, lovely mix of berries, dried cherries and light spice. The barrel flavors deliver a delicious mix of vanilla, mocha and toast.
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.