This is the wine formerly known as Claret. The new vintage is still young, grapey, looser and more broadly fruity than the sensational '01. But what's interesting are layers of ripe fruits, tar, mineral, dark chocolate and chalk. The wine just seems to constantly reveal more of itself as it sits in the glass.
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.