Conner Lee vineyard was the fruit source, and new oak barrels (from Minnesota) were used during the aging of the wine. It is already softening and maturing, the fruit showing secondary characteristics of baked fig and plum. The oak is sharply defined, but coming into balance. The midpalate extends with coffee, licorice and smoke, then turns a bit alcoholic as it fades.
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.