Given the vineyard sources (Kiona, Ciel du Cheval) and the AVA (Red Mountain), this pure Cabernet Sauvignon may come into its own with a bit more bottle age. Tasted prior to release, it's in a bit of a dumb phase, the fruit essentially in hiding. A hint of raspberry is there, cloaked in leafy notes, with a slightly chalky finish.
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.