A grape known for its rough and tumble tannins lives up to that reputation here. Cassis and espresso flavors dominate, with heavy toast and chalky tannins. This really needs food to come into focus—preferably your biggest, fattest, juiciest roast or prime rib.
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.