Riper (at least in the nose and in the mouth) than the 2007, this young wine shows a bouquet of smoke, prunes and raisins, with a liquorous volatility. Still pulling itself together, with ripe fruit, accents of orange peel, baking spices and Christmas cake. But the tannins, for all the fruit ripeness, have a hint of green.
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.