A very limited (three barrels) block selection, this is a tough, chewy wine that remains stubbornly closed even after being open a full 24 hours. Hard cherry candy is concentrated in a tannic casing, with streaks of licorice, dark chocolate, and slightly bitter herbs wrapped around it. But the power and stuffing are there for significant improvement over time.
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.