The final blend was done right before bottling, and this young wine is still knitting itself together. The Cab Franc contributes a lovely, graceful aromatic layer with pretty strawberry and brioche; while the Merlot is the dark fruit foundation, with nicely-applied cinnamon spice. A floral quality emerges as the wine breathes.
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.