This is immediately drinking very well. It is a textbook Washington Cabernet—firm, muscular and layered—but with immediate appeal. The blend is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 2% Cab Franc and 2% Malbec. The tannins are silky and mouthcoating; and the elegant fruit flavors lay out beautifully with plenty of fat in the back.
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.