On the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley,?The Rocks District of Milton- Freewater AVA?produces some of the country?s best?Syrahs. From the Columbia Gorge AVA?also shared with?Washington?but divided here by the Columbia River?come racy whites, meaty?Tempranillos?and potent, old-vine?Zinfandels. In the Umpqua, Rogue and Applegate Valleys of Southern Oregon, a mix of elevations and a moderately hotter climate ripens outstanding?Albari?o,?Gr?ner Veltliner,?Viognier, Tempranillo,?Cabernet Franc,?Malbec?and both white and red Rh?ne-style blends. Many other grapes and different blends are being investigated throughout the state, all in limited quantities, but with some success.
Earthy, leafy aromas are backed by raspberry and cherry notes. This comes across firm and pinched, with a narrow mouthfeel defined by choppy tannins. A heavy oak flavor covers raspberry and plum accents, while the finish is dry and oaky.?MICHAEL SCHACHNER