The nose could pass for Médoc; it has the depth and complexity, the tight cassis fruit, the hints of cedar and lead pencil. In the mouth it is firm, tannic and refined, with elegant flavors of leather and earth. Not a huge wine, but stylish, and a fine example of how Washington can emulate the flavors of Bordeaux.
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.