This is so smooth that it must certainly have been micro-ox'ed. It's chocolate on caramel, with the red fruit so effectively covered it tastes like liquid candy. As good as it is, the specificity and detail of the estate-grown fruit seems lost in a sea of chocolate. It's definitely a wine to drink up quickly.
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.