Here is a ripe, full-flavored Cabernet that clocks in at a moderate 12.5% alcohol. The blend includes 10% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Surely a great strength of cool-climate, Yakima Valley Cabernet is its ability to obtain ripe, naturally tart, mixed fruit flavors, and avoid joining the syrupy, jammy, hedonistic crowd. What's here are pure varietal flavors of blackberry and cassis, just lightly kissed with oak.
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.