A blend of Cab Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah, this was aged for 18 months in 30% new American oak. Perhaps the barrel aging accounts for the over-riding vanilla flavor. That, and some herbal highlights, seem to mask the fruit.
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.