This is the winery's first nonreserve Cabernet from 100% Walla Walla fruit. It's a subtle style shift: more floral qualities, more finesse, a mix of red fruits and a light hint of bell pepper. Tannins are soft but substantial; in the mouth, flavors extend and include interesting herb and leaf nuances. The core of ripe fruit is there and firmly in place; the tannins are showing a bit of stem right now and the oak is hiding. —P.G.
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.