Cima is just now releasing its 2002 vintage. It's a brave project, which is attempting to make a super Tuscan-style of wine using Washington grapes. Cima is not there yet, but the '02 is a big step forward, with more texture, weight and depth than the rather bland 2001. Here there is fruit substantial enough to carry extra flavors of wood spice, butter and caramel with grace.
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.