Sort of a reserve version of the Zachary's Ladder, this is a 60/40 Syrah/Cabernet blend. Some of the Syrah has been barrel fermented, and the finished wine spent 21 months in new French oak. Thick and tannic, it is still settling into itself, but offers rich components—citrus, acid, spice, stem, chocolate, earth, dust and that dense black fruit core. The tannins are fine-grained and fulsome.
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.