Here the deep, dark cassis fruit flavors are accented with ground coffee, moist earth, and buttery barrel flavors. A fine effort that captures the varietal character and smooches it with great barrel management. The blend includes 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. An elegant, deceptive wine, it needs your attention as it shows itself gently.
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.