This five-grape Bordeaux-style blend is 52% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot. A strong flower notes marks the nose, with just a suggestion of body powder. The core of cherry and berry fruit is ripe and round, dusty and dense. The balance of fruit and acid is just right, and the tannins are accented with a dusting of cocoa.
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: email@example.com.