Firesteed's 10th vintage shows the consumer-friendly budget brand in top form. Here are tart, varietal flavors, mixing strawberry and sweet cherry fruit. Tannins tend slightly toward earthy, and there is a hint of unripe beet in the finish. But at the price, this is a solid, even fleshy, bottle of good juice. Best Buy. —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.