A Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot, this remains quite youthful, with its flavors of barrel aging still prominent. Substantial, brambly berry fruit is bolstered by stiff tannins, streaked with notes of loam, graphite and smoke. The structure, depth and balance are all in place, it just needs more time to consolidate.
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: email@example.com.