Deeply colored, almost black, with plummy edges, this wine sends out layers of scents: black fruits, coffee, smoke, pencil shavings and ash. I like the confident way it sets up in the mouth, firm but not closed, tannic but not chalky, dark but not bitter. Everything is in balance, and the flavors mingle seamlessly. A wonderful example of the Bordeaux-like qualities that many of the best Washington Cabernets possess.
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.