This is 100% varietal, and shows quite a lot of barrel flavors—toast, licorice, clove, coffee and smoke. The fruit is less substantial, with the greenish herbaceous tendencies of the grape outrunning the sweet berry. It sails into a broad, leafy midpalate then quickly fades.
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.