At the moment, this is Sparkman's most accessible and complete non-Syrah red from the 2008 vintage. Broad and open, it offers a palate-pleasing mix of herb, pepper, cherry and graphite. Smooth tannins and no trace of alcoholic heat in the finish.
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.