Here's an interesting blend: 71% Zinfandel, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest a split between Merlot and Cab Franc —all of it Walla Walla Valley fruit. It jumps out with a spicy hit of barrel, a little rough but quickly smothered in cherry-flavored fruit and chocolaty tannins. It's got a little bit of wild herb as well, and it's a crafty mix that never falls back into neutral.
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.