Named The Teacher to honor the late Stan Clarke—a viticulturalist, winemaker and mentor to many in the Washington wine business—this is pure Cabernet. Astringent and tannic when first opened, it expands with air to reveal good varietal flavors of cassis and black cherry, with light herb and a streak of licorice. Slightly volatile and leathery, with good concentration.
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.