This is 33% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cab Franc and 11% Malbec. It's a good mix of plush fruits—mostly black—and broad, mocha toast. Relatively soft and approachable, with the structure and build for medium-term aging. There's a powerful, spicy streak of licorice and smoke running through the tannins.
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.