The old vine fruit lends delicate details of herb, rock and pepper. The flavors are nicely mingled and evocative, and the addition of 10% Merlot from Seven Hills adds further complexity. The wine spent 22 months in 60% new French oak, but the barrel flavors are gentle and well-integrated.
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.