The winery has substantially changed the blend and vineyard sources in 2004, and this is a better Dark Star than the last couple of vintages. It's roughly two-thirds Syrah, with Mourvèdre and Grenache filling in the final third of the blend. The wine is sappy and strong, packed with flavors of berries, cherries and cassis, and it carries through a medium long finish before resolving into chalky acids and tannins. At 15.6% alcohol it borders on tiring.
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.