Tight and dense, this is a full-flavored, smoky and rich version of Syrah, with flavors that seem a bit cooked. The fruit is smooth, mature and showing a mix of berry, currant and plum flavors. Forward and softer than the reserve, it's a wine for near-term drinking.
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: email@example.com.