Sweet cassis and black cherry lead the parade of scents. This is a well-made, balanced, muscular wine that nicely highlights Yakima Valley fruit without overpowering it. Give it a couple of years to soften up and it will be lovely.
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.