A block selection from vines planted in the early 1970s, this shows the herbal side of Pinot Noir, with stem flavors that suggest some whole-cluster fermentation. It's young and still a bit stiff, with sour cherry and sassafras flavors. It has excellent concentration, and more bottle age should lighten up the still-chewy tannins.
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.