This has an interesting mix of flavors, beginning with tangy pomegranate and wild berry fruits, laced with tart acid, layering in some iron and stone. As it breathes the scents emerge, adding floral notes to the mix, and some funk to the back. The stony, mineral flavors are threaded through the tannins, which are smooth and lightly herbal. The oak is 35% new, though not showing so at the moment.
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.