Immediately appealing, this blend of 39% Cab Franc, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 9% Petit Verdot really expands the midpalate, without sacrificing the overall muscularity and density that are the hallmarks of Stevens reds. The best 424 to date, this brings Petit Verdot into the blend for the first time, expanding the floral aromatics and deepening the tannins. Fruits are a complex mix of black cherry, blackberry and raisin, with licorice streaking into the finish.
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.