The Tightrope bottling from Tendril winemaker Tony Rynders has the power and complexity of its companion “White Label” bottling, but it needs more time to pull itself together. Right now the wood component still has a rough, raw edge, unless given several hours of breathing time. The powerful cherry fruit is there to match it, but the details remain hidden.
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.