The newest release of Bellissima Rossa—a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc—is just a bit brighter, more spicy and peppery than the previous vintage. It's built upon bright, racy fruit, and uses the barrels moderately. The length seems a bit better than the 2005, but mostly it's the butterscotchy barrel flavors that linger sensuously in the back of the throat.
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.