A Cabernet Franc-dominated Bordeaux-style blend, the Queen is not entirely of a piece. The mix of tart fruit, leaf and forest floor flavors is interesting, to be sure, but suggests uneven ripening in the vineyard. Additional notes of red licorice and balanced tannins finish it out.
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.