Roughly three quarters Merlot, the rest Cab Franc with a drop of Petit Verdot, this is the mirror image of the Frederick. More fruit-forward, ripe and accessible, the spicy red fruits are set into thick, chocolaty tannins. It holds its balance despite the 15% alcohol, but it may be somewhat precarious. I would drink it early for maximum pleasure.
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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.