This new Artist Series red is like a reserve version of the 2009 Palisade, with a similar blend—79% Cabernet Franc and 21% Cabernet Sauvignon. Tight and tannic, it has excellent structure and depth, with a black fruit note, and a mocha-flavored finish. The muscle is there to reward cellaring for up to a decade.
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.