Though not yet back to the quality of the powerful 2004 version, this is a big step up from the disappointing 2005. The fruit is forward and juicy with plenty of cherry/berry sweetness. It is front-loaded however, and falls away quickly into slightly green and stemmy tannins, with some definite alcoholic heat. Young vines?
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.