There remains a hard, tight, tannic shell around this young Pinot; it seems to have slid into a bit of a dumb phase. But peeking through is clean, ripe, black cherry fruit, with excellent concentration. A smoky finish adds complexity.
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.