This feels a bit sharp in the mouth, the oak (25% new) punching through some fairly light fruit. Wild-berry flavors come up against chewy tannins. The wine has some power, but lacks a little bit of balance at the moment.
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.