Fragrant and showing lots of toasty oak, this has a lifted, lightly volatile nose with pretty cherry fruit underlying it. There is a little bit of a green character to the oak, and the wine is still resolving itself. Good varietal focus and character; it opens up nicely in the glass, with pretty, ripe, round cherry/berry fruit and streaks of earth, pepper and coffee. Excellent balance into a medium finish.
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.