Three quarters Merlot, the rest filled out with 15% Cab Franc and 9% Cab Sauvignon. Sweet, plump black cherry fruit is highlighted with scents of violets; the chocolaty tannins make for a forward, plush, appealing wine. It's light enough to drink now, but another year or two will add polish and help to pull it all together.
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.