This is a fine effort. The fruit is laid out right up front, big and dense, with a rich mouthfeel and very silky tannins. Flavors of black fruits, smoke and chocolate, thick and supple, are beautifully integrated, textural and complete. This is an especially good effort in a difficult year. Aging in 100% French oak adds coffee-mocha flavors to the lingering 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: email@example.com.