The first vineyard-designated Cabernet from Indian Wells, this is much softer than recent vintages of the winery's Cabernets, but in this instance the wine feels stripped. The fruit and core are like shadows seen through a veil, and despite their softness, the tannins still outweigh the rest. There is nothing bad or off here; it just tastes flattened.
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.