A complete reversal from 2007, with Cabernet Sauvignon back as the principal grape. Deep plum and black cherry flavors are driving this wine, which opens with a quick burst of juicy fruits, swathed in tart, citrusy acids. Though one third new French oak was used, there is little evidence of it in the mouth. Perhaps the wine is entering a dumbd phase, but it was difficult to get much out of it, even after many hours of breathing time.
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.