The blend is 50% Syrah, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 11% Malbec – pretty close to the '06 cuvée. You'll find juicy black cherry, raspberry and cassis in the nose, filtered with smoke and black licorice. This captures the strength of the '07 vintage with depth and detail, packaged in a sleek, richly-flavored wine whose half Syrah/half Bordeaux blend is in perfect proportion.
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.