Baco Noir is a little-known French hybrid, and Girardet does well with it, creating a rich, ripe, rustic red that might pass for an Amador Zin were the alcohol bumped up a notch. Tangy, grapey fruit and loads of bone- dry tannins tell the story. —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.