This could be labeled Cabernet Sauvignon, as the proportion of Cab Franc has been cut from half to just 21%. It sees a lot of new French oak, and at this young age remains a tight, tannic, tongue-scraper. Ripe, primary black fruits—blackberry and cassis—are cloaked in toasty cracker flavors. Decant this one if you plan to drink it anytime soon.
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.