This perennial winner features 16.1% alcohol and showcases ripe, rich black-cherry and plum fruit, with lots of smoky oak. Its appealing open, round structure leads into a big finish with gobs of fat, flavorful oak that carries on for a long, long time. This one can handle the alcohol.
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.