Softened by the extra bottle age, this Cabernet Franc is already reaching maturity. The fruit flavors have melded into pastry fillings; there is a leathery scent and some pencil shavings also. Overall it's drinking optimally at the moment, but seems in danger of cracking up.
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.