This 50/50 blend of old vine fruit from these two excellent vineyards is a bit overpowered by the massive amount of new oak flavor. The fruit may be a little more delicate than the barrels. Still a fine wine, loaded with cassis and blackberry fruit among the more substantial flavors of earth and tannin. The herbal character of the grape is preserved, adding black olive and coffee to a finish that shows some heat.
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.