This is 70% Merlot with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Though the oak (American and French) is only 35% new, it's still at the fore with notes of vanilla and coconut along with cherry. The flavors are sweet and rich with chalky tannins and the alcohol shows.
In addition to his work at Wine Enthusiast, Sean P. Sullivan is the founder of Washington Wine Report, a site dedicated to the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest that has twice been named ‘Best Single Subject Wine Blog’ by the Wine Blog Awards. Sullivan has authored over 100 print articles on Northwest wine. He resides in Seattle, Washington.Email: email@example.com.