Paul Gregutt

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Oregon and Washington.

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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Betz Family 2010 Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))

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As good as any Père de Famille to date, this brilliantly crafted wine jumps from the glass immediately with a rainbow of blue, purple and black fruits. The scents and flavors are dense and seamless, the tannins polished and graceful, and the barrel aging puts the last dabs of paint on a winemaking masterpiece.  — P.G.  (7/1/2014)
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Mark Ryan 2011 Lonely Heart Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)

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  1. $85
This bottling is quintessential Red Mountain in style, with potent aromatics of concentrated black fruits, gun metal and rock. Sourced from Ciel du Cheval, Obelisco, Force Majeure and Klipsun, it’s a one-wine showcase for the AVA. The spectrum of fruit flavors is impressive, compact and deep, and despite the high alcohol it retains its precision and detail.  — P.G.  (7/1/2014)
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JM Cellars 2011 Klipsun Vineyard Merlot (Red Mountain)

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  1. $42
This is the winery’s first single-vineyard Merlot. Polished and dense, its aromatics are a multidimensional mix of cassis, espresso, cacao and tobacco. Firm and full, the flavors continue along the same lines, going deep into a thoroughly satisfying finish.  — P.G.  (7/1/2014)
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Mark Ryan 2011 Wild Eyed Syrah (Red Mountain)

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  1. $48
Force Majeure and Ciel du Cheval are the sources for this pure, compelling Red Mountain Syrah. The complex aromatics shoot up a smorgasbord of cured meat, truffle and umami notes, leading into a crisp, racy palate with lovely blueberry-dominated fruit flavors. Aging in 500-liter puncheons smoothes it out while contributing just a hint of new toast.  — P.G.  (7/1/2014)
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Abeja 2012 Viognier (Walla Walla Valley (WA))

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  1. $30
Simply sensational, this estate-grown Viognier raises the bar for everyone. It’s a glorious mesh of citrus flesh and rind, elevated with spicy highlights of orange, tangerine and Meyer lemon. Outstanding concentration, focus and depth, with juicy acidity underlying an astonishing finish.  — P.G.  (7/1/2014)
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Januik 2012 Bacchus Vineyard Riesling (Columbia Valley (WA))

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Spectacular is the word that comes to mind here. Tasted over many hours, this stunning effort proved itself over and over. A mix of citrus oils, tree fruits, a hint of honey, tea, lemon verbena and more, it delivers astonishing complexity and flavor for such a young wine. It should continue to evolve and improve from 2024–2034.  — P.G.  (7/1/2014)
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Betz Family 2011 Père de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley (WA))

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Intriguing scents focus upon chamomile and Mediterranean herbs, while the fruit flavors are wild and brambly. Cherry candy and red licorice play broadly across the palate, lingering through a beautifully balanced and extended finish.  — P.G.  (7/1/2014)
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Januik 2011 Reserve Red (Columbia Valley (WA))

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Januik’s reserve blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It’s built like the Fortress of Solitude—at first impenetrable, then slowly revealing layer upon layer of deep, dark black fruits. A base of iron and stone adds further gravitas.  — P.G.  (7/1/2014)
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