From 35-year-old vines, this dark, smoky, exotically aromatic Cabernet spent 22 months in American oak, and not too surprisingly that oak influence is still being absorbed, with some rough edges. The fruit is full, lightly (and most agreeably) herbal, supple with blueberry and boysenberry dominating. Give it extra breathing time or better still another year or two in the cellar, and it will smooth out considerably.
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.