This 80% Cabernet/20% Merlot is sleek and polished, with moderate levels of alcohol, pretty floral aromas, and a pleasing sense of winemaker restraint across the board. The oak is 30% new, the flavors a delicate mix of tart red fruits, some vanilla, cola and earth. The tannins are just right also; this is a wine that could surprise with more time in the cellar.
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.