Great color and dense aromas promise a bit more heft than the wine initially delivers, but it's off to a good start. Inky purple and scented with lead pencil, iron, blackberry and black cherry; flavors follow. The wine spent 18 months in 100% new French oak yet does not smell or taste oaky; its supple and muscular, with the potential to age. It seems to fall away in the middle, then resonates through a firm finish. Definitely could be cellared for a decade or more.
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.