Quite dark, smoky and well along the path to full maturity, the fruit in this single-vineyard Cab is initially overshadowed completely by scents of charred wood. The soft cherry fruit seems wrapped—indeed soaked—in barrel flavors. With substantial breathing time, the fruit comes up and the tannins subside, at least enough to accompany a grilled steak or burger.
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: email@example.com.