Licorice and sweet grape flavors dominate; the fruits remain sweet, primary flavors, like blueberry compote. The blend is a four grape Bordeaux mix, lacking only Merlot, and it was given 21 months in almost entirely new French oak, hence the strong licorice note. It could merit a higher score with additional bottle 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.