Here the aromas carry not only sweet, ripe fruit, but also a suggestion of earth and a bit of meaty funk. The flavors are front-loaded, open and complex, holding through the lingering finish. It seems a little closed at first, but it just needs a bit of extra breathing time.
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.