The winery says this is the first time anyone has bottled this varietal in Washington; they get no argument from me. It's young, grapey, effusive and loose-knit, and not for everyone. But if you like gregarious, slightly rustic, spicy/tangy red wines, with plenty of fresh fruit, give it a try.
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.