This affordable blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Merlot and Syrah shows plenty of color, fragrant scents of very ripe red berries and plums, and a silky layer of chocolate smoothing over the tannins. Yet it retains some lift from the acids and a hint of the tea leaf/herbal character that defines some Washington vineyards. Nicely balanced, it delivers a lot of complexity and flavor at this price.
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.