Only one barrel of this wine was produced, and it seems to have taken a leathery direction, owing perhaps to its two years of oak aging. That leathery note permeates the black cherry and cassis fruit, which is concentrated enough to withstand that feature. Still, it's a bit over the top, with coffee liqueur, amaro and cured meat flavors and austere, drying tannins.
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.