This is a pleasing blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with tiny additions of Malbec and Syrah. It has a toasty flavor like coffee cake—think breakfast pastries, dusted with a mix of cinnamon and brown sugar. Toss in a cup of espresso and a splash of cassis, and you have a handle on the wine.
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.