A budget blend of four-fifths Cabernet and a mix of Cab Franc, Merlot and Syrah for the balance. This is what Washington needs more of—bright, full-bodied, everyday reds at everyday prices. There's good grip here and more substantial fruit than you'll find elsewhere for the price. This needs just a bit of breathing time to turbocharge the fruit.
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.