Red Wine by Patton Valley from Willamette Valley, Oregon. 2016 was a warm and steady year, with even and predictable ripening. The growing season started early without any hiccoughs and skipped along to the finish line like a champ. From the third of three warm and easy vintages in a row, expect balanced wines with finesse at a young age. A small amount of the wine was allowed to ferment whole cluster to balance the wine with a degree of wildness and structure. Bright and lively on the nose, the wine has a driving, broad, and pleasant structure with red fruit for days such as Rainier cherry, strawberry, and goji berry. Spice and tannin are understated but present throughout, and the wine has a dynamic, lush, and inviting mouth feel.