Though Malbec makes up three-fourths, there is also a substantial amount of Cab Sauvignon and Franc, making this a sort of inverted Meritage. It is the most black and inky of the new releases, yet not as jammy as the warmer 2003 vintage. This version shows red fruits such as pomegranate and red currant, expanding into a full, spicy mid-palate. It then surprisingly turns a corner and adds licorice and gingerbread to the mix, with a hint of mint. A complex, intriguing wine.
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.