There is a pretty, floral accent to the aromas, followed by notes of dusty cocoa and cinnamon. A whiff of buttery leather is woven throughout, and this is clearly a wine that may not please all palates. But the rose petal and cherry flavors carry through the balanced finish, and the region's track record for producing age-worthy Tempranillo suggests that further cellaring might be optimal.
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.