This is a walk backward after the impressive 2012. Almost impenetrably black, the flavors converge around espresso and bitter chocolate, yet the tannins have a green edge. The wine simply feels flat in the mouth with no life to it.
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.