Right now, the fruit emphasizes cassis; with time, some blueberries and cherries will emerge. It's still a tight young pup, closed and a bit stand-offish, but the layers of licorice and fruit, hints of earth and wood, and overall structural balance suggest lovely development ahead. The finish is just a little light.
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.