Aged in 100% new French oak, this seems to be a bit overwhelmed by the wood. Flavors recall black cherry cola, plus a layer of brown sugar and milk chocolate. It somehow misses some of the depth and texture that past vintages have shown.
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.