Taut and tight, the fruit displays rather sharp flavors of berry and plum. There are small amounts of Cab Franc, Malbec and Merlot in the blend. It's nicely styled, a great by-the-glass pour, with a firm, muscular structure and plenty of supporting acid. The fruit is crisp and natural, and the oak adjuncts are handled judiciously, adding some pleasing tobacco flavors.
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.