This is a dark, slightly sweet expression of Cabernet, that pushes the alcohol and oak (in this case, American oak) components to the limits. At the center are ripe blackberry and cassis flavors. Overall the impression is a chunky, one-dimensional, but quite flavorful wine.
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.