Unusual in many ways—the AVA, the abv, and the age at release—this is mature and more than ready to drink. Flavors recall candied cherries and cranberries, brown sugar and maple syrup. It's a quaffable, well-aged, rustic red.
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.