A bit disappointing, this tannic wine spent 17 months in half new oak. Its light rhubarb and berry flavors are overtaken by astringent tannins that leave a bitter aftertaste. More bottle age may help smooth them out.
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.