There is a little bit of leathery funk in some of the barrels, but it's subtle enough to be a feature rather than a flaw. Dark, tarry and smoky, this is a firm, bright wine. The addition of 5% Merlot may add a little flesh to its bones, and broaden the palate.
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.