This interesting blend consists of 31% Cabernet Franc, 30% Syrah, 20% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Sauvignon. Roasty, toasty aromas explode from the glass, with gorgeous barrel notes of cedar and smoke. Bright raspberry and cherry fruit is set amid generous streaks of caramel, maple syrup and coffee liqueur. High-toned and expressive, it is the most accessible and complete of the 2009 releases from Fielding Hills.
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.