This is two thirds Grenache and one third Syrah, a delicious bottle that captures a unique flavor set that runs from sweet citrus to bright berry and cherry candy. The generous acidity props up the fruit and extends the mid-palate, and just as you think the wine is fading the barrels cut in flavors of a milk chocolate and toasted almond. Think Chateauneuf-du-Pape with New World brightness, and you are right there.
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.