The dark, plummy purple color announces a “serious” wine, and right now it is pretty tightly wound and closed up. Considerable breathing time begins to reveal rich, black cherry fruit with darker notes of coffee and tar, along with hints of bark and stone. There's a whiff of pickle barrel in the tannic finish. It's a bit of a mystery, but with plenty of potential. —P.G.
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.