This is a dark, smoky wine, with aromas of cooked fruit and smoke. It's a style that is popular and valid, but not to my personal taste. The wine is open and shows plenty of ripe fruit, the tannins are managed well, and the acids provide some much-needed support. This wine is designed for drink-now enjoyment.
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.