The blend is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc. It opens up softly, with fragrant, plummy fruit. Once tasted it turns firm to the point of tough, and the fruit seems constrained, or overpowered, by the rough, earthy tannins.
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.