The Dissident blend has morphed in 2010; here it is 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 22% Merlot and small amounts of Cab Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. It's a more elegant, refined style, reflective of the vintage, and it works well to deliver supple, sleek and bracing flavors. Mixed herb and blackberry along with nuanced notes of earth and barrel (roughly half new) move gracefully across the palate. Delicious now, but should improve with a few years of cellaring as well.
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.