A blend (percentages unspecified) of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this opens with an aromatic mix of flower, herb and leaf around light, tart red fruits. It gains density with air, and the Syrah dominates, showing cool-climate characteristics of herb and earth. It's well balanced, sturdy and fine for matching with grilled meats.
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.