This is the winery's first Bordeaux blend— it's 40/40 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot. The rest is Cabernet Franc. There is amazing depth and concentration to this wine, not from new oak barrels, which have intentionally been minimized, but simply from ripe, dark fruit. Smoke, ash, leather and toast add layer after layer of depth: The wine, young and tight as it is, seems to go on forever.
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.