The Wyeast Vineyard seems to show a characteristic streak of cinnamon spice as a marker for the site. It sharpens the acids and gives it the sort of high altitude profile you might find in an Argentine Malbec, albeit with more grace, less pure power. It's supple and lightly spicy, tasting of wild raspberries and hinting at rhubarb. The finish carries suggestions of metal and stone.
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.