90pointsArbor Crest 2002 Dionysus Red (Columbia Valley (WA))

This blend is 60% Cab Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cab Franc, much of it from some of the oldest vines in the state. The winery has given it extended aging in French oak, and despite its 2002 vintage this is a new release. It's a very dark, deep and full-bodied wine. The barrel time has softened and smoothed it, adding flavors such as maple sugar and cedar to the blackberry fruit. Offers an abundance of interesting flavors and it is rare (and laudable) that a winery will sit on such high-priced inventory until it is truly ready for consumption. Paul Gregutt

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