No one in Oregon is more dedicated to this grape than Leah Jørgensen, and nowhere does it pay off better than in her entry-level bottling. A baseline of deep, saturated blue fruit carries the taster into a lush mix of coffee, pepper, tobacco and dusty tannins. The depth and concentration put most $25 reds to shame.
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.