This solid effort keeps the fruit in focus, with blue plum and tart boysenberry flavors. The tannins are just soft enough to take the edge off, and the herbal/black olive dimensions of the grape are in view but not dominant. Once in the mouth this wine takes its time and lets the flavors roll through the finish, getting leafier as they go.
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.