The Block One Cab from the Champoux vineyard (in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills AVA) is one of Washington's gold-plated, old vine sites, and the wineries who get that fruit are equally special. Power, texture and pure pleasure combine here, a seductive mélange of black cherry, cassis, plum, coffee, chocolate and spice. Tannins are ripe, fine-grained, and have the weight to balance the fruit and oak. A triumph of vineyard and winemaker.
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.