This is rather soft on entry, a buttery, meaty, forward and appealing Pinot, with a layered palate of black raspberry, black cherry, sassafras, cinnamon and vanilla bean. The tannins are substantial and a bit green, but the edges are nicely honed, and the green tea bitterness is largely held in abeyance. The wine carries its 14.5% alcohol with graceful charm.
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.