Bright entry leads to a softer midpalate. A change in style from previous years, more approachable, less acidic, with more obvious flavors of buttered nuts and popcorn. The smooth, soft, slightly soapy style may be a welcome change for some palates, but I miss the old snap and sizzle.
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.