This is soft and leathery, with herb and fennel and tobacco notes, and in a blind tasting it might pass for Italian. The extra bottle age has smoothed out the tannins, keeping the smoky tar and licorice, along with some tack room scents and a streak of leathery flavor. Right now this is drinking really well.
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.