Mimi Casteel is the grower, hence the cuvée name. A full 70% included whole clusters, foot-stomped and barrique-aged. That new oak shows minimally, and the fruit, at least for now, is somewhat subsumed by stem and leaf flavors. It's a demanding style that will reward long-term aging. The texture and complexity begin to emerge after many hours of aeration. Drink 2022–2035.
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.