For the moment, this is rather hard and tight, with notes of black pepper around tangy berry fruit. There are interesting streaks of iron and graphite, and a balanced structure that suggests extended cellaring may be an option. This blend is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 6% Malbec.
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.