Although the alcohol is near 15%, the dark black cherry and cassis fruit keeps pace. Savory elements infuse aromas and flavors, with smoke, espresso, and char evident in the thick, drying tannins. This wine is a bruiser, so have a steak on the grill for best enjoyment.
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.