A Bordeaux-style blend that is overrun with rough, raw oak barrel flavors. The black fruits are plentiful, but they are swathed in lumber, and as a result the finish feels coarse and turns bitter. With more cellar time, or lengthy decanting, it may come into better focus.
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.