The unusual twist here is 19% Malbec, a grape rarely grown in Washington. It adds some texture and density to the Cab/Merlot blend. This is a dark, juicy, smoky, tarry wine, but still shows forward, tasty fruit that balance out the toasty tannins.
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.