An excellent Cabernet from the superb '99 vintage. It shows the steely, bound-up strength of the vintage, and will need cellar time to unwrap. But the balance between physiological (not sugar) ripeness and ageworthy acids and tannins is there; the wine is going to improve and last for many years.
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.