This limited bottling is from a select block of the estate vineyard—a 470-acre vineyard that the winery believes is the largest contiguous certified organically farmed vineyard in the world. Also known as the Blackjack block (and wouldn't that have slid down easier than Block 4D Clone 777) this fruity and forward wine brings a nice mix of blackberry, boysenberry and cassis into play. The barrel time adds vanilla and coffee, with a resonant finishing note of cut tobacco. This is a graceful, appealing wine that delivers a lot of pleasure all the way through.
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.