Still young and tasting somewhat like a barrel sample, it has some fermentation flavors of ripe banana, chewy tannins, and a core of wood, earth and black cherry. It still needs to be softened up a bit; it has some hard, chewy edges, and is definitely a wine that should be decanted. Retasted on the second day it's still chewy and tight.
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.