This Bordeaux-style blend is three-fifths Cabernet Sauvignon, and one-fifth each Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It opens a bit on the tough and chewy side, with strongly roasted barrel flavors emphasizing the dark, smoky tannins. But there is also good, thick fruit, black cherry and cassis, with a lick of dark chocolate in the finish.
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.