A Bordeaux blend from estate-grown grapes, this chewy, flavorful wine shows a lot of promise for this newly-minted AVA. Fig and plum and black cherry flavors are intermixed with moist earth, balsamic and charcoal. The acids provide good definition; the only soft spot is the finish, which turns a bit volatile.
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.