This is a blend of 70% Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Mourvèdre. It spent almost two years in 60% new oak, and the oak dominates both the nose and the palate. Sharp edged and showing more than a hint of stem and herb, it finishes with a wash of vanilla-soaked cherry fruit.
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.