The first sniffs show plenty of toasty oak, with brambly, tart red fruits and a bit of stem in the tannins. This is a nicely textural Pinot, with hints of barnyard and compost woven around the solid cherry fruit. It feels a bit unresolved, with plenty of interesting components that need more cellar time to knit themselves 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.