A fine bottle right in line with past vintages. It's a bright, brambly potpourri of tart red fruits with plenty of acid to lift it up. Raspberry and cherry candy powers the front end, while clean tannins finish up the back. Don't look for complexity, but what's here is fresh, fruity, and has none of the herbal or vegetal flavors that pollute so many cheap red blends from Oregon.
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.