Toasty and slightly roasted scents introduce a wine dominated by barrel flavors. Aged for 30 months in one-third new oak, the fruit seems pushed back and out of reach, at least temporarily. Light hints of simple red fruits quickly yield to a liquorous finish, showing some heat and, oddly, a distinct impression of banana.
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.