Bottled more than five years ago, and released later than the 2007 Sirocco, this is still a tough wine to dissect. The blend is Southern Rhône all the way—36% Grenache, 41% Mourvèdre, 13% Syrah, 5% Counoise and 5% Cinsault. The fruit component seems well on the way to maturity, with a soft, yielding, lightly cooked character. But the overall mouthfeel remains unyielding and somehow unevolved.
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.