Youthful and herbal; the scents bring a fair amount of moist earth and bark along with the blackberry and black cherry fruits. Though it seems loaded with toasty flavors, bacon fat, vanilla and tobacco notes, the winery says it saw just 17% new oak. It's forward and medium-bodied, with some firmness and pleasing suppleness to the tannins that fall away gracefully.
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.