Once again the Spofford Station fruit shines; this is muscular, fully ripe, textural and dense with a seamless mix of red, blue and black fruits that sails effortlessly into the ripe tannins. The underpinning of firm acid and the hints of dill-flavored spice (from a percentage of American oak) serve to expand the wine in the mouth, adding breadth and depth. It finishes a bit chalky and sour, but otherwise has a lot of positives.
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.