Basel Cellars 2005 Inspired Red (Columbia Valley (WA))

Roughly three-fifths Merlot and two-fifths Cab Franc, this saw 19 months in mostly new French and American oak. Like its stable-mates at Basel it puts the barrel ahead of the fruit which, though pretty enough, does not have the depth of flavor to match. The finish carries some rough tannins and a hint of heat. Paul Gregutt

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