A young, tight wine, with a strong mint/herbal component, and a little hint of bacon fat. This is a lovely expression of Cabernet, neither jammy nor sweet, but showing nuanced details that range through a wide mix of mushroom, herb, stone and loam. Which is not to discount the fruit—tart, spicy, and vivid, with a profusion of wild berries.
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.