This new Bordeaux-style red could technically be labeled Cabernet Sauvignon, as it accounts for 82% of the blend. Pungently smoky, the impression of charred wood penetrates into the deep core of cassis and black cherry. Dark and quite tannic, it remains to be seen if all that barrel toast will ultimately meld into the rest of 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.