Fruit ripeness in 2010 was generally much more difficult to achieve than in 2009. This Southern Rhône-style blend has not yet come out of its rather tough, chewy shell. The flavor of hard cherry candy is wrapped in rock-like tannins, needing more bottle time to smooth out. Lay it down for a couple of years while enjoying the 2009 Subduction Red.
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.