In 2010 winemaker Steve Parker split the 50% new oak down the middle between French and American barrels. The wine has a hint of funk, plenty of toast, and tart, young rhubarb/cranberry fruit. It needs a bit more time to open up fully, but it's off to a good start.
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.