Tight and still a bit closed down, this is a dark, compact, somewhat mysterious wine that keeps its cards close to its chest. Dig a little deeper than the clear, cassis fruit, and you'll find layers of subtlety, dark flavors of tar and licorice, hints of rock and iron, all wrapped in unyielding tannins. Let it breathe and the fruit begins to open up, and a softer, more elegant wine begins to emerge from its tough, tannic shell.
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.