Consistent with the winery's excellent lineup of 2011's, this is an elegant wine, precisely sculpted with plenty of underlying acidity. Cherry, cola and earth components meld seamlessly, and the new oak aging shows admirable restraint, allowing the fruit to shine. As with a number of top wines from the vintage, this should age gracefully now through the mid-2020s.
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.