Three quarters Cabernet Sauvignon, one quarter Merlot, sourced from the Zerba vineyard. The scents and flavors are loaded with raw oak; this seems like a heavier version of the winery's Castle Red. The tannins are slightly green, and the over-the-top barrel flavors turn the finish bitter and chalky.
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.