A Cab/Merlot/Syrah blend, it's full-bodied and tastes of grapes and cherries. It has a firmly tannic spine that carries it solidly past the first impressions of pretty fruit and into more substantial territory. Complex and beautifully structured, the wine shows a good balance of herb, earth, clean fruit and ripe tannin. This is always a very consistent, well-made wine, though the blend and fruit sources change with each vintage.
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.