This is mostly Tempranillo, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot comprising the rest of the blend. The nose is liquorous and the wine dark and hot—to some tasters it may seem overripe. There seems to be some residual sugar also. Flavors are sweet black cherry and light prune, along with baking spice, hints of tobacco and licorice. Though 14.3% is the listed alcohol, it feels bigger and finishes with some heat and astringent 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.