Spicy, sweet fruit with nice vanilla accents and an underlying tannic, leafy flavor. Whole-cluster fermentation in part gives it a flavor boost upfront. This is marred only by a hot finish, which is a problem with many of the '97s.
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.