The vineyard was planted in 1971; the old vines apparently didn't ripen all that well, as the finished wine, though dry, is only 11% alcohol. It's an odd bottle all around, with very low pH (2.77), tart and diffuse fruit, and no telltale markers for the variety. Two bottles tasted with similar results.
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.