Elegance is the word for this lovely Cabernet, which manages to be dark and mysterious, yet remains supple, fruit-driven and immediately enjoyable. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, tight and tannic, with cassis and blueberry in equal proportion. The tannins are fine-grained and supple, and there is just the right coffee ground bitterness to the the finish; it sets you up for another sip. This is the sort of finesse that is more commonly found in Bordeaux; a pleasure to drink and yet quite ready for the cellar for a decade or more.
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.