A red Rhône-style blend based on Syrah, but with small portions of Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Counoise in the mix, and all estate-grown. This wine has a lot going on—deep black fruits, thick streaks of composty loam, veins of coffee and licorice, and penetrating, fully ripe tannins. The fruit is immaculate, and there is plenty of natural acidity to buoy up the heavy flavors. A gem.
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.