A different mix of grapes separates this from the winery's Flying Colors Super Tuscan blend. Here it's 60% Sangiovese, the rest a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot. With Sangio in the pole position and enhanced with the muscularity of the Bordeaux grapes, it takes its 21 months in two-thirds new oak well. A smooth entry loads in mixed berries and cherries, followed with graphite, chalk and a finish streaked with cayenne chocolate.
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.