Along with Cab Sauvignon this wine has 15% Merlot and 10% Cab Franc. The Horse Heaven Hills fruit has a strong core of red currant fruit, wrapped in some chewy tannins that leave a lingering impression of green tea. There's just a hint of herb and forest floor—a Bordelaise nuance—and it remains somewhat tight and stiff, needing more bottle age and/or decanting.
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.