This sports some chewy, herbaceous qualities that hit you right away. That intensity puts the focus on the wine's edges rather than its core fruit flavors of rhubarb and cranberry. Tight and stiff, it's got a puckery bite that suggests further bottle age may be a good idea.
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.