Lovely, soft, slightly exotic scents captivate immediately—raspberry and sandalwood, incense and peppermints (wasn't that a song a long time ago?). Pretty fruit is showcased nicely, with balancing acidity and a light touch as far as new oak is concerned. More subtle fruit and spice flavors wind through the finish, but it's full-on Pinot Noir, with no tricks or trade-offs.
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.