This sure-fire crowd pleaser opens with the steely authority of the AVA's Pinots, showing a streak of earth and bark. Then it fills in, with ripe purple fruit swathed in generous layers of coffee grounds and toasty oak. It finishes long and smoky, with plenty of power.
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: email@example.com.