Paul Gregutt

Paul Gregutt

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Oregon and Canada.

Contributing Editor Paul Gregutt has been reviewing Pacific Northwest wines for Wine Enthusiast Magazine since 2000, and currently reviews wines from Oregon and Canada. Gregutt's book, Washington Wines & Wineries: the Essential Guide, is now in its second edition and has been released in both paperback and e-book formats. In addition to his work for print, Gregutt writes a well-read blog at www.paulgregutt.com. He and his wife Karen also operate Waitsburg Cottages, vacation rentals in Walla Walla wine country.

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CedarCreek 2012 Block 2 Platinum Pinot Noir (Okanagan Valley)

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Lovely, dense aromas of dried flowers, herbs, cherries and chocolate immediately capture attention. This is a superbly elegant wine, with both precision and power. Orange-peel flavors highlight deep cherry compote, with tension, balance and length in abundance.

 — P.G.  (7/1/2015)
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CedarCreek 2012 Block 5 Platinum Chardonnay (Okanagan Valley)

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Fragrant, with a floral lift in the nose, this is loaded with rich fruit flavors of pineapple, peach and citrus. A whiff of toast and just-sawn wood leads into a lengthy, beautifully balanced, tongue-coating finish.

 — P.G.  (7/1/2015)
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Township 7 2012 Reserve 7 Red (Okanagan Valley)

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The smoky, spicy aromatics lead into an intriguing Bordeaux-style blend that is dominated by Merlot (70%). Well-defined, dense and balanced, its flavors are stacked vertically, supple and tight, with berry, cherry, plum and chocolate interwoven. Tannins are firm and smooth. Drink now through 2025.

 — P.G.  (7/1/2015)
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Sokol Blosser NV Evolution White (America)

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A nonvintage blend, the Evolution is as clever as it gets. This 18th edition (the edition numbers serve a similar function to a vintage date) melds seven different grapes into an aromatic, lushly detailed whole. Stone and tropical fruits abound, loading the palate with flavors of peaches, cream and lemon meringue. It’s thoroughly delicious without a hint of wood.

 — P.G.  (7/1/2015)
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CedarCreek 2012 Block 4 Platinum Pinot Noir (Okanagan Valley)

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Native yeast was used in this block selection, a big-boned, almost chunky wine with flavors of dried plums and sesame candy. It has a pleasantly oily mouthfeel, and a finishing lick of hazelnuts.

 — P.G.  (7/1/2015)
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CedarCreek 2012 Platinum Desert Ridge Meritage (Okanagan Valley)

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This five-grape, Bordeaux-style blend is more than half Merlot, fragrant and forward in both aroma and flavor. It’s broadly displayed across the palate, with pretty cherry fruit, steely tannins, and lighter hints of nut skin, cacao and dried earth. The complexity and balance are impressive. Drink 2015–2030.

 — P.G.  (7/1/2015)
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Sokol Blosser NV Evolution Red (America)

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Following in the footsteps of the Evolution White, this nonvintage blend is labeled by edition, as the mix of grapes does change from release to release. Here the base wine is Syrah, amended with a paintbox of both red and white grapes. It’s aromatic and unique, silky smooth and loaded with pretty plum and cherry fruit. The mouthfeel is luscious, the flavors…

 — P.G.  (7/1/2015)
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Township 7 2013 Loveridge Vineyard Gewürztraminer (Okanagan Valley)

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Although this wine is described as slightly off dry by the winery, for most palates it would be perfectly dry, though just slightly rounded off to eliminate any suggestion of sourness. Lychee, pineapple and grapefruit flavors abound, underscored with refreshing minerality. That vivid acidity carries through a resonant, lively finish.

 — P.G.  (7/1/2015)
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