Though I was not partial to the winery's 2002 Cab, this new vintage is moving in the right direction. It's still a very dry, austere, somewhat chalky enterprise, and the color and mouthfeel suggest that a little less extraction might bring out more of the elegance that is missing. But it is a firm, authoritative Cabernet, with just a splash of Malbec, that offers up everything from violets to black currant, dusted with dried herb.
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: email@example.com.