This is a field blend wine that co-ferments the grapes planted in the estate vineyard in exact proportion—Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Malbec. In this challenging vintage it succeeds admirably, with ripe black fruits, baking spices, an acid underpinning and barrel notes of clove and coffee. Other highlights seep in—tobacco and smoke—along with some still-chewy tannins. With more bottle age it will really shine.
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.