Shows deep color and concentration. The nose carries the strength of the fruity richness, effusive with ripe berry and cherry scents, along with a whiff of chocolate. Everything is balanced—fruit, acid, tannin and oak—and the wine stands up a bit stiffly right now but shows good concentration. Should continue to improve over the next five or six years. Blend of 59% Cab Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 6% Cab Franc.
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.