A careful hand is clearly at work here. A blend of Coury and 777 clones, it spent 18 months in half new oak, but it's the minerality and overall austerity that impress the most. Precise veins of stem, mineral and caramel flavors inflect its mysterious palate, which is marked by stiff, tight red berry fruit. Though labeled Willamette Valley, it would be surprising if this were not McMinnville AVA 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.