A big, tannic Cabernet that flexes its cassis and blackberry muscles and cloaks itself in layers of tar and smoky oak. Hints of leaf and earth emerge with time, but this is very young and compact. A serious wine that needs substantial decanting and/or cellar time.
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.