The mouthfeel is surprisingly soft right on through the middle palate, then hits an astringent wash of black fruits, dark toast, smoke and a vein of roasted espresso running through the finish. The tannins are toning down, but still very evident. Let it breathe and nuances of pepper, clove, mineral and graphite emerge.
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.