Fragrant and inviting with sweet aromas of raspberries and ripe cherries. Not a hint of anything vegetal or off in any way; this is the finest declassified wine I've ever tasted. “If it's not a 95 right out of the barrel,” says Alex Golitzun, “it's declassified.” The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cab Franc. Medium-light in the mouth, with pretty cinnamon and baking spices, and a clean, crisp palate impression. Reasonably concentrated, it finishes lightly smoky and thoroughly delicious.
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.