The dark fruits are all but buried by flavors of roasted coffee, charred wood and black licorice. Two bottles tasted, the second showed a bit more cherry, but again, the longer the wine remained open, the more the fruit disappeared. This is not the usual expression of Oregon Pinot Noir—here it's built for power above all else.
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.