The 20% Cab Franc beefs it up and adds some herbal strength to the tannins. This budget wine is unusual for having a back end. The front is hard and tastes of tannin and herb, but as it extends through the finish layers of tea, tobacco and pepper add interest.
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.