This marks the return of a blend that was the winery's most popular offering in years gone by. The excellent matchup is two thirds Cabernet Franc and one third Merlot. Spicy and precise, it's anchored by firm and full-bodied berry and black currant fruit. The barrel aging adds toast and cinnamon, and the wine retains a tight focus through a lingering finish.
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.