Very fragrant and surprisingly soft upon entry, this blend ultimately lives up to the vintage's reputation for compact, unyielding red wines. This wine, made by Cadence's Ben Smith, manages to be both approachable and at the same time cellar-worthy. Cassis, plum, and the vineyard's characteristic minerality thrust up through the palate like basalt monoliths.
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.