Good fruit and a great vineyard count for a lot, but these do not have the same concentration as Cabs from Champoux's old vines. The flavors here have the sweetness and lightness of younger vines, grapy and pleasant, but somewhat insubstantial. It's good, but not discernibly better than the regular Cab at less than half the price.
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.