Again winemaker Dave Larsen has made a classic Ciel du Cheval Cabernet, an austere mix of mineral and green tea flavors, hard and tight and densely compacted. The opening aromas hint at dried grass and wild berries, with a bracing minerality. This is a vintage (and a vineyard) that will certainly reward cellaring, for up to 20 years. The alcohol is a moderate 14.1%.
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.