This is the first year that Grenache has been used in the blend, and it really juices it up. Packed with fresh raspberries, set up with tart acid, this wine really piles on the red fruit/grape juice flavors. The alcohol (over 15%) is surprisingly high, but it's not hot or jammy, because the acids really cut through. In the mouth the wine delivers a lot of spice, cranberry, plum and light pepper. The tannins are substantial but not intrusive, and show a bit of pencil lead and rock.
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.