Ripe blackberry fruit shines brightly here, backed by bracing minerality. Lighter hints of black olive, dusty earth and espresso add depth and detail as it carries into a long, balanced and textured finish. Good as it is, it should continue to improve with further cellaring.
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.