The blend includes 5% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Though not as appealing as the 2003, it's a firm, solid effort, an example of plain, no-frills Yakima Valley winemaking. The fruit includes lightly herbal/bell peppery notes, and the wine is balanced and clean.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.