Though bottled in early 2017, this wine appeared to be in a dumb phase when tasted a year later. Nonetheless, the overall complexity was apparent, with whiffs of mushroom, ground coffee and cherry tobacco introducing a mellow blend of black fruit notes. It's layered and complex behind a translucent screen at the moment, as it fades into flavors of dried leaves and crackers.
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.