Dense and minty, this has a satiny mouthfeel and flavors dominated by new oak. Plenty of vanilla, hints of shoe polish and some minty licorice characterize the finish. Still tannic and quite tight, it should improve over the next 2-3 years. —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.