Half Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, the rest Cab Franc, this is now a true (no Syrah) Bordeaux-style blend. The density and lushness are exceptional. A deep, textural palate is packed with ripe black fruits; and the finish layers in delicious coffee and chocolate accents. Tannins add some graininess to the mouthfeel.
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.