The Champoux vineyard's classic black cherry fruit is here driven deep into a seam of what can only be described as dense rock. Astringent and dark, with a dusty, chalky character, this seam of graphite continues on through the finish. Reminiscent of some mediumripe Bordeaux, this should be drunk with a thick, juicy steak.
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.