Tight and still pulling itself together, this mixes tart pie cherries with stiff tannins, earth, pepper and bark. The phenolic earthy flavors are offset by the fruit and acid, and the overall mix of components will ultimately fashion a complex wine with a finishing lick of sweet spice from aging in 50% new French oak. Hold for another couple of years and drink from 2020 through 2030.
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.