This comes from an older vineyard planted to Pommard clone Pinot Noir, and yielded less than a ton an acre in 2004. It is a wine that needs more time to pull itself together; all the right components are there but they are a bit disjointed. The center stage is the sweet, creamy core of the wine—wild berries and vanilla crème. With time it should rope in the still-ragged edges and merit a higher score.
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.