The unusually low finished alcohol suggests grapes picked a bit early. Scents of violets and light flavors of purple plums give way to an herbal midpalate, with streaks of graphite and bitter chocolate. The tannins are stiff and assertive.
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.