The mirror image companion to the Ruby Leigh, Sparkman's Stella Mae is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with 21% Merlot and 17% Petit Verdot filling out the blend. Chocolaty, bourbon barrel scents and flavors dominate, though with more bottle age they may fall back into better proportion with the snappy cherry/berry fruit. By any measure this is an ageworthy wine, with polished tannins and seductive barrel flavors.
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.