Smooth and chocolaty, this blend of grapes from Columbia Valley vineyards is drinking at its peak. The mix of black fruits, coffee grounds, toast and chocolate is balanced, with no sharp edges. The barrel flavors are delicious, though ultimately they may overwhelm the fruit. Seductive and delicious.
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.