The Evil Twin is 75% Syrah and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged entirely in new French oak. Tasted just ahead of its official release, the wine seemed to be still in the process of pulling itself together. Barrel accents are particularly strong, with sweet baking spices overwhelming the aromatics. The blackberry fruit turns a bit chalky in the end, with a tart, citrus-flavored finish.
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.