The nose jumps right out with new oak scents of toast and coffee, along with some varietal black pepper. The wine is powerful and oaky, showing plenty of roasted, smoky, burnt toast and coffee ground flavors. The fruit is tangy, spicy and tight; the tannins still hard and rough.
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.