Many Oregon wineries made elegant, appealing wines in 2004, but the estate's unusual location does better in warmer years. This Parson's Ridge bottling is full of the dried herb and leaf scents that can dominate Oregon's less-fortunate vineyards, with some relief provided by the cinnamon and cocoa flavors from the barrel aging. But where's the fruit?
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.