This wine seems to have been softened up—the tannins are muted and the fruit flavors a little mushy. It's tasty enough, with plenty of black cherry, cassis, and espresso, spread lushly across the palate. Broad and open, it is ready for drinking right now.
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.