Ryan Patrick's value-priced Bordeaux blend is 57% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cab Franc. What makes it special in this price range is that it does not over-reach; it keeps a textural, detailed, carefully blended mix of tart fruit, light spice and fresh, leafy herb. It's clean all the way through the finish.
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.