A strong scent of vanilla leads into a smooth entry for this surprisingly rich (given the price) Pinot Noir. It coats the throat with flavors of mocha and black-cherry cola, then brings on substantial tannins with a finish of black tea. It is not particularly varietal, but nonetheless quite tasty.
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.