The 2009 Devotion credits the exact same blend of grapes and vineyards as the 2008—41% Syrah (Morrison Lane Vineyard), 30% Mourvèdre (Heart of the Hill Vineyard), and 29% Grenache (Destiny Ridge Vineyard). Yet it does not quite measure up to that superior vintage. It may be a passing stage, but the engaging, tart, wild-berry flavors on entry quickly drop off on the midpalate, finishing somewhat diffuse. Two bottles tasted with similar results.
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.