This blend consists of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and the rest Cab Franc. Spicy and peppery, it has the telltale bell pepper scents of not-quite ripeness. But good value nonetheless, and structured for hearty foods. —P.G.
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.