Kiona vineyard fruit, given 32 months in new French oak, yields a very smooth, chocolaty wine, loaded with mocha and caramel flavors. Black cherry and cassis fruit is nuanced with Red Mountain notes of iron and earth. It does a quick fade; perhaps extra decanting would lengthen it out a bit.
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.