Aggressive, expensive-tasting French oak rules the day here, with moderately ripe, totally generic black cherry fruit flavors. It's all about the barrel, with butterscotch, toast, butter and more butter. Very tasty, quite drinkable, but extremely simple.
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.