A fine complement to Balboa's Merlot, the Cabernet shows a bit more muscle and concentration. Your enjoyment of the wine will depend upon your tolerance for flavors of stem and leaf, which run through the steely fruit and give it a Bordeaux-like sensibility. A fine steak wine, it finishes up with black olive and bitter chocolate.
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.