Dry and tannic, this has some sweet and lightly chocolaty boysenberry, cherry and cassis fruit holding down the center. The wine seems wrapped in a fair amount of acid and tannin, and it needs both food and air to show its best. It's a good steak wine, firm and reasonably substantial, with some indications of red licorice and black coffee in the 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.