Opening aromas are a bit reductive, with some hints of tar and rubber, but underneath is firm, well-rounded fruit. This is 100% Sangio, rather heavily extracted and hence tannic, with some of the acid knocked down but the distinctive subtlety of the grape not in evidence. It comes across as a sort of younger sibling to Lemberger.
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.