There's real concentration evident in this modestly priced Cabernet from Balboa. It's got density and grip—the Cabernet fruit is sappy and solid, with plenty of cassis and black cherry flavor, substantial tannins, and a lick of licorice. This feels and tastes like a pricier bottle.
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.