Cabernet Sauvignon is 43% of the blend, Merlot another 42%, and (surprise!) there's 15% Cab Franc in this budget bottle. As in virtually all inexpensive Bordeaux blends, a certain amount of weediness is present, but you can find that in a $50 Pauillac. This is stiff, textured, surprisingly full, and shows some pretty cherry fruit at the core.
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.