This 2007 version of the Cat's Meow is 41% Merlot, 41% Syrah and 18% Cabernet—much softer and simpler than the 2006 version. It's a fine, all-purpose blend mixing strawberry and cherry fruit with some more earthy, herbal flavors. It leans a bit too much to the herbal side, bringing in hints of bell pepper and green tea, but it's solidly crafted and well-suited to heartier winter meals.
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.