This is a fragrant, very fruity style, a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 44% Merlot. Bright, well-defined cherry-berry fruit carries with it a solid wallop of alcohol. The acids remain high enough to balance it out, and there is just enough new oak to add interest, without dominating.
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.