This is 92% Cab Franc and 8% Malbec, a lovely, aromatic expression of the two grapes together. No new wood was involved; it's designed to showcase varietal flavors of tart berries and streaks of spice and coffee. Tannins are ripe and the acids completely natural.
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.