Basalt soils differentiate this from the surrounding areas; the flavors of the wine are stiff and rocky and sublime. The rock accentuates the firm elegance of the grape, and seems to bring out the Pinot-ness. Cranberry, wild cherry, spice and just a hint of peach, believe it or not; the flavors so well-integrated it strains the palate to suss them out. It's just plain delicious, and perfectly built.
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.