There's no lack of color – this is almost impenetrably purple/black. Compact and floral, it opens slowly with nicely layered flavors of blue plum, black cherry, cassis and smoky earth. Tannins are polished and lead into a finish that tastes of black tea and clean, wet soil. Tails off rather quickly.
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.