This Mourvèdre (with 8% Syrah) is still coming together, but all the right pieces are in place. Young, tight and compact, it opens with tart berry and currant fruit, then shows a distinctive, earthy underpinning. As it unwinds it shows wet earth, graphite, pepper and truffle, balanced and layered but still a bit shut down. Give it a lot of breathing time, or put it away for a couple of years.
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.