Light chocolate, baking spice, clove—this wine tastes almost exclusively of barrel. There are hints of light strawberry and lunch meat in the aromas. The vines are young and seemingly the fruit has no power or varietal character; the heavy oak and hot finish do not help.
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.