Extremely tight, compact and tart, this remained acidic and lean even after 24 hours of breathing time. Hints of pickle barrel don't add much pleasure to the tannins, and the wine simply refuses to come out of its shell at this point in time. I'm sure the winemaker tasted something in these barrels that seemed like reserve, but I can't find it.
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: email@example.com.