This is Brian Carter's Southern Rhône-influenced blend, which is comprised of 50% Grenache, 22% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre, 6% Counoise and 3% Cinsault. Expressive aromas put the emphasis on bright berries that are annotated with baking spice, toast and a hint of forest leaf. This is complex and forward, with excellent balance and structure. The finish fades gently with a hint of anise.
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.