This is a bit of a disappointing follow-up to the outstanding 2009. It moves past flavors of ripe berry and on to scents and flavors of raisins. Tannins are stiff and drying, and the high alcohol carries heat through the finish. It's a bold style, but drink soon as it's not likely to age.
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: email@example.com.