Look closely or you will miss the vineyard designation, hidden in a tiny black banner in the upper left corner of the label. It's important, because Champoux is one of the state's oldest and best Cabernet vineyards. Ripe, satiny black cherry/red berry fruit is on display here, with firm acids, moderate tannins, and just enough oak to add a dash of toast at the end.
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.