The world of Baco Noir producers is rather limited, at least here on the west coast, but Girardet has been a leader for decades. This 2005 edition brings red currant and very tart berry fruit with it, and it somehow seems wrapped in pastry dough. The structure on the palate is a bit like Sangiovese, acidic and light, but clean and showing some staying power once you get past the hole in the midpalate.
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.