This is mostly young fruit from Ash Hollow, and it shows. Very light through the middle, though cleverly buttressed with a smattering of Cab Franc from Pepper Bridge and Cab Sauv from Spring Valley. It's silky and smooth, with interesting nuances of herb and grass, and a playful lift to the middle which extends rather surprisingly into the finish. The oak is well played, adding butter, toffee and toast in clever proportions.
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.