Named not for a railroad line, but the winery's home town, this blend remains essentially the same as 2001 — 56% merlot, 39% cabernet sauvignon and 5% cab franc. Shows a rougher profile, with big flavors of raw meat, plum, grape and earth. The core of pure, sweet cherry fruit ramps up the quality, which is excellent for the price.
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.