From Southern Oregon, this new vintage of the winery's Pinot Blanc has been given the all-star treatment—100% barrel fermented sur lie. It's hot, big, sharp and bold, but perhaps stretched a bit too far for the delicate, elegant flavors of the Pinot Blanc grape. The fruit carries no weight and the barrels therefore take over, with bitter phenolics and too much oak.
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.