This is a spicy aromatic wine, with potent aromas of vanilla and black tea. The red fruits are compressed, and there is a big streak of coffee liqueur running across the palate. It's got plenty of flavor, though what is grape and what is barrel remains a bit of a puzzle.
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.