Pure Carmenère can seem heavily tilted toward the green, stemmy side of the Bordeaux equation, as it is here. Cranberry fruit, tight and tart, hits a wall of tannins, not entirely ripe. The barrel flavors need more time to settle in.
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.