Reversing the often-seen Washington penchant for tossing Syrah into the Cab, this does the opposite, with 10% Cabernet in the blend. It's showing plenty of ripe red berries and cherries, along with smoked meat and bacon fat. The finish is clean but does not lead into any new directions.
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.