Taut, tight and still digesting some chewy tannins, this young wine brings leaf and stem, spice and earth into the mix. The tangy red fruit is peppery, and the finish carries a resonant clove note. The wine seems likely to improve with further bottle age.
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.