From a new winery focused on Bordeaux-style blends, this is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot, with a splash of Cab Franc. Pondera is a bit ponderous, up at 15% alcohol (at least) and betting the farm on fruit and oak. If that's your style, this may suit you, although with Washington fruit you get a fair amount of acid rather than the generous breadth of the ripest California Cabs.
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.