American oak is the barrel choice, 100% new, and it shows strongly in the nose of this young Zinfandel. The citrusy acids help to balance out the alcohol, and with additional bottle age the score could certainly rise. If you plan to drink this soon, give it plenty of breathing time.
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.