The 2008 vintage produced some truly outstanding red wines in Washington, if your palate runs to higher acid, bright fruit styles. This is a perfect example; it's loaded with raspberries, strawberries and pretty berry fruit aromas. The acids prop it up perfectly; it's front loaded but has the balance and tightness to cellar for a few years. But really—drink it young.
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.