This almost pure Cab (just 2% Malbec) is almost midnight black in color. Fragrant with strong barrel scents of toast and char; the fruit has a spicy, citrusy lift to it that keeps the thick tannins from weighing it down. The big tannins and powerful, smoky notes do not overpower the rather delicate fruit; it all works together in a harmonious balance.
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.