Tart, unyielding, and slightly herbal, this young wine needs some air time. The vineyard sources—Champoux and Conner-Lee—are excellent, but the black cherry fruit seems to be hidden behind a wall of earthy tannins. Tight, with accents of coffee and earth, this could merit a higher score with more bottle age.
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.