A first for the winery, the vinification layered whole clusters with destemmed grapes. Not too much—just enough to stiffen the tannins a bit. Scents of rose petals and cherries lead into black-cherry fruit, all laid upon a carpet of roasted nuts. The supporting acids carry a hint of orange peel. This is an all-around delightful bottle.
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.