A sort of Super-Walla Wallan blend of Syrah (55%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), all from Christophe Baron's Cailloux vineyard. Cailloux's fabled cobblestones lend a distinct minerality to this tour-de-force blend. Fat, plump Syrah provides most of the fruit power, with the Cab, on the racy side, adding proportionality. Plenty of roasted barrel flavors on the 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.