A classic Bordeaux blend— half Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cab Franc and 15% Merlot—it begins with pretty barrel flavors of butterscotch, vanilla and toffee, underscoring tart, assertive red fruits. The only quibble? The acids stick out; they seem adjusted rather than natural.
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: email@example.com.