The fruit, from Panorama vineyards, is one of the few Walla Walla Valley wines made in 2004, the year of a major freeze. I like this winery's debut effort very much; it's lush, toasty and smoky, firm in the mouth and structured around solid cassis and black cherry fruit. The oak is a presence, adding a nice smoky thread to the long, coffee-flavored finish.
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.