This is drinking very well, with plenty of peppery spice around mature, soft, light fruit. It's a nicely-balanced effort, with tart red fruits, pepper, dried leaf, and just a little heat from the (surprisingly high) alcohol, listed at 14.9%. Drink up.
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.