This is the artist label Cabernet; still youthful and showing primary fruit flavors of cassis and black cherry. The barrel notes are prominent and not yet fully resolved: a Bourbon barrel streak, a vein of vanilla, a seam of tobacco. All interesting, but not quite knit together.
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.