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. 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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Sineann 2012 Champoux Vineyards Block One Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $72

Block One is the original (1972) planting at Champoux, and it has anchored many of Washington’s finest wines over the past 20 years. Few if any better are than this, a huge wine with massive flavors of dense black fruits, from berries to cherries to cassis. It’s seen plenty of new oak, giving it a cedar-soaked scent, but the sheer power of the wine promises a long…

 — P.G.  (11/1/2014)
94
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Gorman 2013 The Big Sissy Chardonnay (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $38

This deftly hits on all cylinders, delivering big fruit, firm acid, fresh mineral and rich, toasty new-barrel highlights. Juicy, textural and deep, it’s a wine to gulp, to savor and to share.

 — P.G.  (11/1/2014)
94
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Kevin White 2012 En Hommage G-S-M (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $28

Principally Syrah, this includes 15% Grenache and 3% Mourvèdre. Rich and complex, supple and subtle, the mix of red, blue and purple fruits is potent, but also brings a welcome wash of wet stone and a dash of pepper. The focus and intensity are exemplary.

 — P.G.  (11/1/2014)
94
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Kevin White 2012 La Fraternité G-S-M (Yakima Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $28

This blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah presents a lively, aromatic mix of raspberries, Kirsch and strawberry preserves, with pitch-perfect structure and balance. The intensity, immediately upon opening, is riveting. Drink this now–2017 while it’s so delightfully fresh.

 — P.G.  (11/1/2014)
94
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Sineann 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $30

Rich, ripe and concentrated, the lush array of black fruits is enhanced with a generous amount of barrel-generated baking spices. There’s a chef’s pantry of cinnamon, ginger and more, along with a vein of molasses and a whiff of coffee running through the tannins. It’s a total yum-fest.

 — P.G.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Poet's Leap 2013 Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $20

One of the consistently finest Rieslings from the state, this is technically off dry, but feels dry given its exceptional acidity. Elegant citrus and floral aromas introduce a dense, textural midpalate. A showcase of style and panache, its layered citrus and stone fruits bring both skin and flesh flavors into focus.

 — P.G.  (11/1/2014)
93
points

Efesté 2012 Boushey Vineyard Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc (Yakima Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $23

This wine bursts from the bottle with rich and appealing fragrances and flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus. Tart and expressive, it seems to gain extra dimensions from fermentation with wild (native) yeasts. It holds a floral character that is most intriguing.

 — P.G.  (11/1/2014)
93
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Sineann 2012 Red Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $48

Classy and classic, this has the powerful depth of flavor and tannic structure that characterize the Red Mountain AVA. Still young and tight, with dense cassis fruit wrapped in generous barrel flavors of toast and chocolate, it’s a wine to tuck away until 2019 at least.

 — P.G.  (11/1/2014)
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