The scent of oak is all over this wine, though it is from neutral, not new, American barrels. Still it seems to over-ride the thin fruit, which hints at cherry candy and little else. The barrels also kick in a bit of spice, but there just isn't much happening here. It's simple, clean, and overpriced!
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.