This is a 2005 vintage Pinot; released quite young. The wine is still knitting itself together, still showing very youthful flavors. The fruit runs to light red berries with some cherry tomato tartness; the 13 months in French oak, just a third of it new, adds smooth vanilla and light chocolate to the finish. Another six or 12 months should pull this together.
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.