A late release, this mature blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah is quite delicious, with a smoothness acquired by all the extra time in bottle. The flavors have moved into secondary fruits, and the tannins are softened by time. You'll taste a pleasing mix fruit pastry, jam and brioche as the wine slides into a pillow-soft finale. It's not a blockbuster, but it's drinking at its peak.
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.