From the estate vineyard, this is essentially pure Malbec (with just 2% Petit Verdot in the blend) ripened to 15% alcohol. The fruit is loaded with bright blackberry flavors, the barrels bring on the toast and coffee, and the acids are still there with some citrusy highlights. If there is a weakness, it is in the back, where the wine loses density and falls away.
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.