A blend of 70% Cabernet and 30% Merlot. It's got some muscle and depth along with the ripe, solid fruit flavors of pie cherry and black currant. The alcohol is just 13.5% and the varietal blend just perfect, offering tart, spicy fruit lightly speckled with dried herb, and finished with streaks of baker's chocolate. The wine chugs along gracefully without let-up, a pleasure with food or without.
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.