This Bordeaux blend (62% Cab, 33% Merlot and 5% Cab Franc) comes from the great Champoux Vineyard in an excellent vintage. Rough, leathery and tannic, the fruit shines here; it's big enough to take even the hard, stemmy tannins. Notes of tar, smoke and licorice wrap the blackberry fruit.
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.