This is three quarters Cabernet Sauvignon, the rest a mix of Merlot, Cab Franc and a drop of Petit Verdot. Dense and extracted, it is almost syrupy, like concentrated raspberry or boysenberry juice. What keeps it from being tiring are the powerful acids; they set up the berry flavors and create a bright, tartly chewy mouthfeel. Very young; this will improve for at least another five years before hitting its peak.
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.