This new winery has a first release that is tough to peg. It is so incredibly dense and Port-like in color and aroma that you expect it to slam into the palate like a tropical storm, but it doesn't hit quite that hard. Oxidized and showing more baking spices than fruit, it nonetheless is a flavorful effort that will bring some enjoyment in the near term.
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.