Soft aromas with a mix of plum, berry, melon and smooth mocha. The scents envelop you and the flavors follow, good, still tight, still firm, still showing a little bit of green tea in the tannins. It's structured well, with a forward, lush, roundness from the Merlot, backed with more assertive tannins and some moist earth flavors from the Cab Franc. Just a hint of coffee comes through at the end.
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.