This Bordeaux-style blend, using the old-fashioned term Claret, may be a sly indication of its age, drinkability and overall balance. Scents of sandalwood, musk and black cherry greet you, with maturing flavors of ripe cherries and cigar box. Supple and seamless, with impeccable balance, it's now drinking at its best.
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.