Quartette is actually a quintet—a Bordeaux-style blend of 44% Malbec, 32% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a splash each of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. Chewy fruit flavors of plum and cassis power it through a rich, muscular midpalate. Framing tannins are supple and textural, while acid-driven flavors of citrus and barrel-driven espresso slide into an extended 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.