A 50-50 California Cab Franc-Oregon Pinot Noir blend, this works better than most attempts to blend Pinot Noir with anything. It's aromatically focused, scented with exotic incense that's soft, sultry and smooth. The fruit suggests cherry and plum, with streaks of stem, leaf and rather stiff tannins. It's the barrel flavors that help to pull it all together.
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.