This is a tannic, sleek style of Cabernet, still tightly wound up and closed down. There is good juice here, with bright berry/cherry flavors, just waiting for some additional bottle time to let it loose. Plenty of acids, good tannin management, and a stylish effort that will reward cellaring.
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.