The cluttered label, featuring a dog, seems out of character with the reserve designation and hefty price. It's a Cabernet with small amounts of Merlot, Franc and Syrah; and it has spent more time in oak than the winery's other Cabs. Hence, more extract, more tannin, more chocolaty flavor, all of which pushes it into an overdone, somewhat rough and scrapey style.
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.